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Confused by 'biennial'

turmericturmeric Posts: 825

Hello all, I thought foxgloves were biennial but as I'm removing the last from my garden I am noticing small shoots right at the base of the stem, not separate plants but new growth on the stem that has finished flowering.  The shoots are strong and quite large. Am I right to be pulling these out of the ground?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    The sometimes flower another year but rarely as good, I sometimes leave them, only for them to die before flowering time

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 825

    Oh thank goodness for that.  I have always pulled them up after flowering (and allowing them to seed if necessary) and I suddenly thought I'd got it all wrong.  Most of them have died back as expected (ie. totally brown with a dead rosette of leaves), it was just the odd one here and there that had these new shoots.  Many thanks nut.

  • turmericturmeric Posts: 825

    Thanks philippa, I would leave a few as an experiment but working out which ones were the ones I left next year would be too difficult.  Life's too short I thinkimage

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