like borage but not like borage

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  1. lollipop

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    Hi,

    Firsty apologies; I know it is irritating to not have a photo and be expected to identify a plant, my camera is not happy so I can't get one up here.

    The plant was to all intents and purposes a commonly seen borage then it flowered. it has flowers much like a pea and these are lilac and white, and there are tufts of them all over it. The stems, rather than the flower is scented a bit like cologne really so I am inclined to assume it is a herb. It wouldn't surprise me to find it is some kind of borage, and I know I have at some point known what it is but the name of it escapes me.

    It as a hairy square stem and look s white/silver in the sun.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. daitheplant

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    Could it be Lamium " White Nancy "?:gnthb:
     
  3. lollipop

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    Thanks David, googled it, unfortunately it isn't that, the leaves are one colour-no edging and are around 12 inches or so long. I was convinced it was borage all the way until it flowered-it looks almost exactly the same.

    Driving me nuts not to remember this one's name.
     
  4. Marley Farley

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    How about Comfrey Lolli, there is the wild & the cultivated kind..

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  5. lollipop

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    I knew I would drive myself nuts with this lol. Thanks Marley, but no it isn't comfrey either. It is, in my usual nonsensical way described best as " kind of like a mint with the strong scented foliage and stems, that is a bit like a dead-nettle ( flowers are longer and more undulous though)-and very like one in that the stem is square whilst it's growth and leaves make it looks an awful lot like borage ( same size and everything) until it flowers-these flowers don't appear to be changing colour like borage do either" :S

    I will have to sort out my camera because I won't be able to think of anything else otherwise lol. As a sidenote they are very promising as future garden plants as they are quite dramatic and extremely beautiful. They don't flop over quite as easily as the borage has done either.
     
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    Goat's Rue? A long shot, I know...
     
  7. lollipop

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    Nothing like it Aaron.............................aaaarrrrggghhh I am doing this to myself now- I know I am lol
     
  8. Marley Farley

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    OK what about the Hemp Nettle..?
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    This is fun, isn't it?:lollol:

    Ok...go and sort your camera out Claire and don't return until you can post a picture!:thumb::D
     
  10. lollipop

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    Yeah, that's probably the best idea lol...................in the meantime, it is flowering in tufts so I would say it must be a dead nettle of some kind but it isn't the large flowered dead nettle-this one is very pale by comparison and it's leaves are similar but definitely borage-like.
     
  11. Phil A

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    Again, Marley is on the right track, square stem so probably a labiate.:ntwrth:
     
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    :scratch: OK last try for tonight.. Melittis.? Obviously not the
    [​IMG]Feverfew daisy flowers...
     
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    I wish-that is gorgeous, no, I am more inclined to go with a kind of dead nettle.


    Photo soon, I promise. I'd apologise for the lack of image but I have had a laugh doing it this way.
     
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