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wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 975

These were in our amazing medicinal garden at work (London's best kept secret!). Most things have labels but I couldn't see ones for these, and couldn't find the gardener:

orange flower hanging out of pot:


Tree with white flowers:


I think this one might be malva moschata alba as there was a label underneath. But is it difficult to grow from seed and is it perennial? Has anyone ever grown this. It was so pretty.


There were two signs under this - which one is it?!


What have they planted with this equisetum hyemale var affine? I have some equisetum japonica in a pot which was given to me. I looks very similar to this one, I don't really like it and am afraid because I've heard it's invasive. But it looked quite nice with this underplanting..would be good to know what it is. I hope it's not ivy!!


This pretty orange flower...but there were not many on the plant:



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,710

    Top one is a Begonia. Next one looks like a white Oleander. Next one of the  Mallow family. Next white Silene?  Next one with two signs is Ricinus communis 'atropupurea' (just means the purple castor oil plant) - that one is highly poisonous. That equisetum is the posh relative of the thug. Last one is Thunbergia or Black Eyed Susan I think. Not sure about the Ivy looking one.

    Malva moschata it is and is easy from seed.

    The ivy looking one could be a Houttuynia cordata but I'm not too sure on that one.

    Last edited: 13 August 2016 14:40:57

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    Malva moschata is perennial, easy from seed and comes in pink as well

    I think both labels may belong to the ricinus. Species, Ricinus communis, cultivar 'Atropurpurea'

    the orange one, a begonia I think

    and the white after that, a saponaria

    the variegated stuff under the equisetum is worse than ivy, it Houttuynia cordata 'Chamaeleon' very invasive

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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