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Hi, I have a mystery plant that I would like some help identifying please. It was a plug that came unlabeled last year. Any help greatly appreciatedimage

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    it's a persicaria. probably P. affinis or a cultivar thereof. A broader picture would confirm

  • Thank you very much nutcutlet, I have just had a read up on them. Very pleased as the flowers look very pretty on all the cultivars and totaly different from anything else I have.Whatever type it turns out to be is fine with me.

    It has layered itself in the planter, if it starts to get too big could it be trimmed and when would be the best time?  I would post another shot of it but it is throwing it down with rain todayimage

    Last edited: 11 August 2016 14:38:05

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    it won't get tall but roots down as it moves sideways. Does very well spreading over rock or paving. Just pull up and cut off anything that's exceeded its space any time.

  • Thanks nutcutlet that is good to know. I am a novice and as I didn't know what it was I put in a deep planter and hoped for the best. It is sharing a space with fern, a small ivy, ivy leaf toadflax, a spider plant that was left out over winter and I thought it was nearly dead but it sprang back to life (not even sure this should be outsideimage)

    The planter also has some invaders that have self seeded but I liked the foliage so left them be. I found a photograph that shows more of the planter, do you think this will be ok for the time being and is there an invader in there that is a big no no? The planter looked empty at the begining of the year and has exploded. Thanks for the help I have a lot to learnimage

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    Photograph is small I'm afraid will try to get a bigger one tomorrow when the rain stops.

    Last edited: 11 August 2016 17:52:30

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    the geranium, centre, leaning over spider plant, looks like one that will become too large for its neighbours. I'd remove that and put it in the garden but it's OK for the rest of the summer. and just below and to the left, between geranium and persicaria. That's a willowherb, a weed, Get that out as well. The spider plant wouldn't survive a hard winter but lots of people put them out in summer.

  • Thanks nutcutlet you are a star, that is very helpful. I am familiar with the dreaded willowherb we had a few days and it looked like it was snowing, I pulled out hundreds of the seedlings from my containers. The Geranium will probably end up going into my mothers garden as I only have a yard full of containers. The spider plant must have survived the winter outside due to it being a mild one I will make sure I bring it in before the frosts. Thanks once again for your time and patience.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    a pleasure BloodRoseimage

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