Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
A few plants, mostly growing wild on our common - can anyone give names to them?The first looks like a miniature nasturtiumthe second is in our garden growing between stones and spreads fairly rapidlythe third picture is a weedy plant that grows by the beaches - it is quite sprawlingthe last picture is a plant that spreads too well - we call it hottentot fig. It has yellow/orange flowers and is like a succulent and is difficult to eradicate from coastal areas. Thank you.
the first is Linaria vulgaris, Toadflax
In the sticks near Peterborough
The second looks like an erigernon perhaps?
Oh dear - I didn't mean nasturtium did I - it is like a tiny antirrhinum so thanks for naming it nutcutlet.
I looked up erigemon and you are right raisingirl - thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
Funnily enough the Hottentot fig shown in my last photo featured in our local newspaper today. It is a very invasive plant and is difficult to eradicate, originating from South Africa with a latin name of carpobrotus edulis so no wonder everyone calls it by it's more easily pronounceable name.
Does it grow in the south of England perhaps?
Yes, south coast of Cornwall certainly has a lot. As you say, it's very invasive but I guess not frost tolerant so it sticks to the coast line
I'm stuck on your other one. Looks like rocket to me
It (third picture) grows wild along the coast too as does the Hottentot fig. You are right the H.Fig doesn't fair well when there is a hard frost - but still manages to revive and spread again in the following years.
Not sure about rocket raisingirl - but you could be right - what do you all think. I have a few more pictures now the first is Pampas grass - are there different types - we walked this evening and saw three that all looked different from each other.This one looked really healthy with quite thick plumes.The bees seemed to be enjoying these dainty red and white flowers in the 2nd. picture.The 3rd flower is a trumpet shapeThe 4th is a sort of succulent and I think the flowers come in pale pink too. Thank you.
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Yes, there are several kinds of pampas grass.
Pic 2 looks like salvia Hot Lips. Pic 3 looks like a gloxinia. Not familiar with pic 4.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Last one might be some sort of drosanthemum?
Pampas grass comes in pink as well as white And there are dwarf ones too. And variegated ones.