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A few plants on our walk today - can you help to identify them please?imageThis was growing on someone's roadside wall - a type of grass with the fluffiest of (flowers) at the ends,imageimageTwo and 3 are the same blue flowered plantimageI thought 4 was cat mint - is it?imageSorry 5 is the wrong way around andimage5 & 6 are the same plant, the purple flowers are just hanging on to the tip of the plant. Thank you.

Last edited: 21 August 2016 20:06:00


  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    5 & 6 is purple toadflax, seeds itself in lots of places around here. The bees LOVE it. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,929

    1 is a Penisetum, although not sure which species.

    5,6 agree

    4 looks like lots of things, would need flowers to be sure. I am thinking maybe a Salvia, it looks quite Sage like.

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    When you don't even know who's in the team

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  • Thanks mark & punkdoc. No flowers that I can ever remember seeing on 4 though it does look like mint.

    The toadflax looks interesting and I quite like the idea of attracting more bees into the garden.

  • FritillaryFritillary Posts: 498

    Picture 2 and 3 could be Sheep's bit. Jasione Montana.

    Picture 4 may be wood sage, Teucrium Scorodnia.

    Hope this helps.image

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I think 2,3and4 are all types of mint. 2 and 3 stuff grows wild round here and if you pick and sniff a leaf it is certainly minty.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    I think Fritillary is right on 4.

    Its leaves are in 2/3 but they don't belong to the flowers

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • You are right nutcutlet. Pictures 2 and 3 are a bit deceiving so I apologize. The blue flower is what I would like to know the name of which is mixed in with the plant in picture 4 which looks like mint. The pale blue flowers have long spindly stems but not much in the way of leaves. Thank you to you all for  your help so far.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    I think Fritillary is right on that one as well, Jasione montana. Sorry, forgot to say that in the last postimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I think you are right Fritillary and nutcutlet - I have looked all through my wild flower book and although the flower in their picture is slightly mauve whereas what we saw and photographed was distinctly powdery blue - it certainly is the closest and the description is the same.  They call is Sheep's-Bit scabious (Jasione Montana).  Thank you for all your expert help yet again.

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