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A few more plants I would like identifying please. image It's the green round baubles - is that the seed head and if so what is the plant? The second picture is of mauve flowers on tallish stems, the third is some kind of thistle that has turned to seed there was a whole field of this near to our home, is the fourth picture a Yucca? Thank you. imageimageimage

Last edited: 29 August 2016 20:00:16



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    The last one is Phormium tenax

  • Thank you nutcutlet, I looked back at my Yucca picture and realized it was nothing like the Yucca - I'll never remember all these plantimage names!

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,310

    No1 is a canna. The green baubles are seed pods, but they're often empty. Wait until they go brown before investigating.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,027

    Seed from Canna is very easy to grow. One of my favourite Cannas, came from seed pinched from a Devon garden,a few years ago

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • Canna seeds - well if they are the seeds I assume that the large green leaves behind are Canna leaves - I thought all Canna leaves were a dark green/red colour. I assume you can buy packets of Canna Seeds?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

    Chiltern seeds have some interesting Canna seeds.

  • You've got creeping thistle there, too! Flower rand plenty of seed!


  • There are plenty of Cannas growing in the gardens over here - deep orange or red - do they attract bees?  I don't have them growing in my garden, but they certainly are very interesting plants. The thistle are growing in a field near here which used to have a good crop of cabbage each year - alas no more. Thanks for all your comments so far..

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,310

    GD2 , I grow canna warscewiczii from seed. Fiddly to start ( chipping etc ) but well worth the effort.

    also do seeds but postage is , I think £5.50. eek.

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