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May 19, 2014 6:00 PM

What is this onion like plant?

Hi there,

 

Does anyone know what this plant is that is draping over the wall? Is it an alium of somekind? Is the plant surrounding it nepeta?

 

Many thanks

 

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    May 19, 2014 9:41 PM (in response to FM)
    Re: What is this onion like plant?

    It has hints of several plants: Liriope, Muscari, Galanthus (snowdrop), or one of the narrow-leaved irises such as I. reticulata. I lean towards the latter.

     

    Any other clues?

    ...Primarily, do you remember what flowers occur there (any time of year).

     

    The other greenery...

    ...seems to be at least two plants: the one with divided leaves could be a Geum, the one with simple opposite leaves I'm not sure about (hints of dog's mercury).

     

    Let's see if Jen offers some insight!...

     

    Mike

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      May 19, 2014 10:33 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
      Re: What is this onion like plant?

      The Geum potential could be G. urbanum -  herb bennet?

      It certainly looks a bit like mine :)

       

      Charles

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      May 27, 2014 5:12 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
      Re: What is this onion like plant?

      Thanks Mike :-)

       

      I agree with Iris reticulata as the most likely suspect for the thin greyish leaves - Allium would have a degree of oniony odour when crushed but flowers would be the deciding factor. There are some grasses with quite thick long greyish leaves similar to this but Iris fits better I think...

       

      I have annotated the pic with arrows -

      Red = Enchanters nightshade - Circaea lutetiana - a member of the willowherb and evening primrose family Onagraceae.

      Blue = Herb bennet also known as Wood Avens - Geum urbanum

      Yellow = Epilobium sp - possibly montanum, the broad-leaved willowherb.

      White = My best guess for this silvery leaved plant is one of the wormwoods, Artemsia sp. but most likely a garden variety not a UK native, if it is it will be strongly aromatic when crushed.

       

      Hope that all helps!

       

      Jen

       

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