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Some impossible plants from Strasbourg :)

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Angelina, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Angelina

    Angelina Super Gardener

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    Here they are:

    A Miscanthus... (???) Can someone name the variety pls?

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    This 2m tall..., herbatious thing. :D

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    And this one. It comes from a hanging basket combination:

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    Thank you!
     
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    The 'herbaceous thing' is a Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

    Not sure about the others
     
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        Craig thompson and Silver surfer, thank you so much!
        The miscantus in the sixth pic really looks the same!:blue thumb:
        I must admit I 'snatched' some seeds here and there on my trip. :biggrin:
        Now I can see that Echinops ritro is a real hardy plant and seeds need stratification. As we're well under snow here, I think I might rush out today to start a batch in a pot outdoors.

        I also read that it goes well with ornamental grasses, but would thrive in acidic soils. My plot is naturally acidic. However, I have grown dahlias near the grasses for 3 years now and the soil around is rich in potassium (which I added on purpose). I'll have to change this... :scratch:

        And..., I thought the Echinops' blue globular bloom would combine well with tall purple and pink dahlias (which now seems even more absurd! :heehee:)

        I'm dying to get the name of the pink one!:help:
         
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