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joynerjoyner Posts: 11

Hi everybody, could you please ID these 3 plants.  Looks by their position as if I've planted them.  5 to 6 ft tall now, older leaves more than 24 inches in length.  Purplish flowers starting to develop where the leaves grow from the stem. Thankyou.imageimageimage



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    Wait and see how those flowers develop. Everything about it says elecampane, Inula helenium, the size, flowering time, leaves, where the flowers are. Just one problem, they're yellow.

  • joynerjoyner Posts: 11

    Ah, thankyouimage.  Will wait and see then.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Nut you're on the nail as usual. Got one in my garden. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    so have I Dave, it's the purplish flowers I wonder about but the buds maybe on the purplish side of brownish?

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,829

    Must admit it looks very much like my Inula too.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    I am not as experienced at gardening as some people who have already answered, but is it a teasel? They look like some teasels I saw this wildlife centre.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    they have some features in common wakeshine (they're both huge and have big leaves) but teasel leaves are more ridged prickly with spines up the back of the central rib, the stem is spiny as well

    Flower buds are different, they have a circle of sharp bits round them.

    altogether prickly is teasel

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Oh okay, thanks for the clarification Nurcutlet. image

  • joynerjoyner Posts: 11

    Thankyou everybody, we had wondered about teasels, wakeshine, but, looking at images of elecampane Inula helenium, I'm sure now that nutcutlet will turn out to be right.  If not, I'll be back.image

  • joynerjoyner Posts: 11

    Thankyou, Nutcutlet, here they were a couple of weeks ago in all their glory.imageimage

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