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My Mum has given me this beauty but Im not sure what it is. She seems to think its a perenial but shes not sure. Not a great time to be moving it but shes comitting that sin of all sins, ie. completely paving her front garden.
Any ideas ?

Plant ID (05/08/2011)

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  • Posted: Fri. 5th August 2011 15:53

Re: Plant ID

Reply from Angie Robertson

Hi John
Your mum has given you a Centaurea Montana, perennial cornflower. Just keep giving it plenty of water and it should be ok.
These plants are tough!! They also have a tendency to self seed everywhere. If you want to avoid this - just make sure you carry out regular dead heading to prevent seed heads forming.
This plant will flower earlier in the year - when it begins to look shaby and droopy you can cut it right back to ground level and it will rejuvinate it's self and will give you a second flush later in the year. These plants can suffer from powdery mildew so take measures to prevent.
Hope this helps.
Cheers, Angie

  • Posted: Fri. 5th August 2011 18:33

Re: Re: Plant ID

Reply from john

Thanks very much for that Angie.

  • Posted: Sat. 6th August 2011 08:57