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Hello, I have lots of these dense leaves growing in my front garden, they are covered in fine hairs that can be sore if they get into your skin. They grow alongside some 'ladies and gentlemen' and seem like they might be related (similar shape leaves etc)? Any thoughts?

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Thanks!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,821

    Hi elspeth. It could be alkanet but I'm not 100% sure.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,364

    certain aspects of it look like Viper's Bugloss, Echium vulgare. Have you got any more photos?

    What are Ladies and Gentleman, is that the same as Lords and Ladies?

  • Think so, that's what my mum calls them anyway! image

    Heres another pic, I like it for ground cover and stopping the weeds-they've been like that all winter-but was wondering if they might produce any nice flowers-might have to dig them up if not... ?

  • just googled your suggestions and, yes, I think it's vipers bugloss, looks like there might be some interesting flowers to come, will give it a chance (despite the ouchy leaves...). thanks nutcutlet and ladybird for responding, appeciate it!

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,821

    The bees absolutely love the flowers elspeth so do try to keep them if you can. I would love to have a big clump like that.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,364

    It's a biennial so let it seed if you want some for the future

  • Will do ?. Thank you!

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