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Plante I.D. Please

Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595

I found this one today after removing a huge poppy that had gone mildewed. Has anyone any idea what it is? It is 12 inches (30cm) high.


I thought the grape-like cluster in the middle were fruit at first but on a closer look they actually look like buds.


I can not ever remember seeing such a plant in my garden before.

Last edited: 16 June 2016 14:32:43


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Looks like an allium of some kind.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595

    Thanks Bob - probably worth keeping then.

    It is possibly not in the right place for what else is around it. Do they move well? I was thinking now - or do you think I should wait until it has flowered and done its stuff for the year?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Yep, wait for the leaves to go yellow on bulbs before moving them.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361

    I think all allium flower stems go straight up, no leaves.

    Might be Tradescantia

    Last edited: 16 June 2016 15:25:36

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595

    I do recall now we had one or two alliums around that part of the garden a few years ago, and the growth of this plant was stunted somewhat by the huge poppy that was growing over it.

    Having said that, I have googled tradescantia and some of the images do seem to correspond with my plant. So do the leaves on some of the images.

    I'll have to watch and wait.well that's OK. Thanks Bob and Nut for your responses.

  • Flowerlover3Flowerlover3 Posts: 219

    Please post another photo when it flowers Birdy13

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