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Advice and Plant ID needed

Hello,

My girlfriend and I have recently moved into a new (old) house with a nice sized garden. I have recently planted several fruit trees (cherry, mirabelle, pear and apple) and have inherited a nice big old bramley apple tree and plum tree which both need some pruning.

Down amongst the trees I am planning to leave it very natural, but before that the brambles, nettles, doc, ivy and russian vine which have been locked in an arms race have had to be removed. 

So, during clearing everything, I found a small plant which looked out of place, so I've left it in as I want to leave everything that self seeds (which are not weeds) alone. 

So does anyone know what this plant is, and should I leave it in?

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Last edited: 11 April 2017 19:45:00

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,364

    Looks like one of the perennial cornflowers to me.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Agree punkdoc.  The bud pretty much confirms it I think.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 167

    Certainly looks very like my Centaurea Montana.

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,478

    Yes def a centaurea. I like them, pretty blue/purple flowers, but slugs like them too! 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Brilliant! It's staying. 

    Thanks everyone!

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