Solved Another mystery Plant.

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  1. Trunky

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    Mystery plant time again folks.

    This one has popped up in my garden and it's a new one to me. Don't even know if it's a wild plant or a cultivated one.

    A brief description:
    • It's about three feet in height
    • The leaves, which are all around the base of the plant are shiny and up to six to eight inches in length.
    • The plant is smooth stemmed and the flower heads, which haven't quite opened yet are surrounded by what appear to be green, slightly toothed bracts. The unopened flower heads in the third photo are quite small, no more than half an inch (or about a centimetre) in diameter.
    Any ideas?

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  2. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    eryngium???
     
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    • Trunky

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      Thought about it @pete , but I've grown Eryngium before and the leaves just don't look right. :dunno:
       
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        Looks as if you were right after all @pete. I've just found there is a smooth leaved Eryngium - E. planum. Looks as if it might be that one.

        Should have a better idea when the flowers open.
         
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          Its defiantly a eryngium , I've grown E.planum which has the same leaves, weren't so keen on it got a bit to tall / floppy
           
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          It's flowering now. Definitely looks like Eryngium planum.

          Thanks for pointing me in the right direction @pete :dbgrtmb:

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          • pete

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            It’s sea holly, which I think is eryngium, so agree with the others I D.
             
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              Does anyone know what type I have... The heads haven’t started going blue get but they will and of course when flowering, the bees love them then.. About 4ft tall
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              Don't think that's an Eryngium Marley. Looks like Echinops ritro to me. :)
               
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                Really @Trunky i never even thought of that, bought at a plant sale lost the label and erynigium was all I could think of and it covers the side of the shed nicely each summer and so didn't really give it much more thought until this thread... Thanks Trunky :SUNsmile:
                 
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                  Echinops.
                   
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