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LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,798

Can anyone help me with names for these?

A houseplant:

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Grassy reedy thing, bronze leaves and pure white flowers, seen at the Olympic Park in East London:

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Thanks in advance. 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Houseplants are a closed book to me, they don't live long enough to warrant a name.image

    The other is Libertia peregrinans, 

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    The houseplant is an aloe.

    Nut image. You're exceptionally good at naming every other plant/shrub/tree under the sun though image

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,798

    Thanks both - I'm a bit clueless about houseplants too, nut. But I've got to sell a number of these aloes (aloe vera?) at a fair on Saturday so thought I'd better be able to tell people what they were.

    The libertia is gorgeous - I've literally never seen one before, but they were all over the place in the park (well it does say it's a suckerer - does anyone have any experience of it being troublesome?).

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    I don't think it's a strong enough grower to take over.

    Kitty, you're too kind image

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    I have a Libertia in the garden and it has not suckered. Been in for 10-15 years and now at the stage where it is too big - and I do not have the energy/muscle to dig it up! Not one of my most favourite plants - it just sits there and the flowers are nothing to write home about. ANd it takes me forever to pick out the dead leaves every year. 

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  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    I think the first one is a hybrid:  Gasteraloe  (Gastera x Aloe).

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,798

    Interesting - I think you may be right about the aloe, having just looked at some photos.

    Hogweed, is yours the same variety - the bronze one? Not normally my kind of plant but the colour of the leaves and the bright white dots of flowers was quite striking. And I do like little flowers that you have to get up close and personal with...

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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