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Help, please.You are my last hope of identifying this plant. A bank of them by the wayside in Lincolnshire, a few miles inland. Confined to a run of maybe 30 yards. About 3 foot tall. Hairy stem, slight but sweet fragrance. Don't know whether it's a garden escape or wild. I'd be so grateful for any enlightenment. Many thanks!

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Plant ID, please!

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  • Posted: Mon. 19th August 2013 13:15

Re: Plant ID, please!

Reply from Julieanne Porter

Looks like Phacelia to me.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phacelia

  • Posted: Mon. 19th August 2013 14:19

Re: Plant ID, please!

Reply from Samantha Jane

Hi there,
It is gorgeous Phacelia tanacetifolia. Can be grown as a green manure. Very pretty, great for bees, can be a skin irritant though. Annual, easy to grow from seed and will self seed in the right conditions particularly if the seed heads are left on the plant. Native to parts of USA/Mexico. Best wishes, Samantha Jane Garden Design

  • Posted: Mon. 19th August 2013 14:37

Re: Plant ID, please!

Reply from Richard Tomblin

How fantastic! 6 weeks of research and I was none the wiser. Then I joined Shootgardening and within a couple of hours I've got my answer. Thank you SO much. Amazing site and equally impressive members! Richard

  • Posted: Mon. 19th August 2013 14:57