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Furry leaf plant id please

loliloli Posts: 58

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The leaves of this plant are furry and the flower is gorgeous. It was in a pot that some herbs had been growing in that died over winter. Any idea what it could be? It matches my sun chair perfectly!!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,449

    Hi loli. It looks a little bit like echium vulgare (a hungry one as they are usually bigger image). Be careful of the hairs as they can be a skin irritant. Have you noticed the bees flocking round it as echium is one of their favourites.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • loliloli Posts: 58

    I can't say I've noticed many bees they tend to go for my lavender and wallflowers. Thanks for the suggestion and the warning! I'll handle with care. Should I transplant it?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,449

    I would definitely plant it out and give it a bit of food. Echiums will seed where they are happy. This one is a biennial - like a foxglove. It will produce a rosette of leaves in its first year and then flower in the second.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    plant it out as a potfull and don't disturb the roots, they sulk if you do that.

  • loliloli Posts: 58

    Oh is this a poisonous to pets plant? I've avoided foxgloves for this reason. 

    Last edited: 26 May 2016 21:59:27

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,449

    Well I grow them in my garden and my cat hasn't suffered any ill effects similarly with foxgloves. I also grow lilies which are poisonous to cats and I've had several cats over 30 odd years who have lived to a ripe old age.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • loliloli Posts: 58

    Thanks ladybird4, I've a sensible dog but the neighbours cat likes to play in my flowerbeds. Could my plant be purple toadflax Either? I was reading another thread and it looks pretty similar. Pity if it is I really like echiums

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    not purple toadflax

    I think what you've got there is the annual sold as Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder', rather that the native biennial which is also called Echium vulgare but looks quite different 

  • loliloli Posts: 58

    Thank you again nutcutlet, looks like a positive ID. How do you become so wise!!?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556
    loli says:

    Thank you again nutcutlet, looks like a positive ID. How do you become so wise!!?image

    See original post
    lol. I'm not wise loli, just grown a lot of stuff and recognise it when I see it (mostlyimage)
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