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Serratula seoanei


Serratula seoanei (Serratula seoanei)

Lovely little spiky mauve flowers that appear at this time of year - and I can never remember their name!



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very pretty flower and colour Spritz.

24 Oct, 2010

amy
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very welcome at this time of the year ........

24 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, indeed - they're lovely, and hardy too. I think the two little plants I started off with two years ago have spread a little, as well.

24 Oct, 2010

 

Knapweed! A very lovely little plant that is becoming a natural disaster in the northern Rocky Mountains and Basin and Range area. It is unfortunately outcompeting native plants in these areas due to a lack of natural enemies.

25 Oct, 2010

 

Are you sure? Knapweed here is a much larger plant. This looks like Tagetes foliage until the buds open, and then as you see, they're pinky-mauve. The plants are the same size as Tagetes, as well., Tug.

25 Oct, 2010

 

I like that very much

25 Oct, 2010

 

Sorry, Spritz, I forgot that the common name Knapweed covers a lot of different plants. I'll have to see if there is a modifier to the name, such as "Mongolian", or suchlike.

25 Oct, 2010

 

OK. That would be interesting!

Yes, Yorkshire, so do I. Small, but pretty. :-))

25 Oct, 2010

 

Well, Spritz, that was an interesting journey! It seems that it is actually supposed to be a variety of Serratula tinctoria, and the only other common name I have found for it is "Dyer's Plumeless Saw-Wort".

It also seems that I have grossly slandered it. I was mistaking it for Russian Knapweed (Centaurea repens), with very similar upper leaves and flowers, but a larger plant, though the ones I saw at Grand Teton were only about 20cm tall. As far as I can tell, no one ever called the Serratula a weed!

25 Oct, 2010

 

What a pretty and delicate flower, Spritz. :o)

25 Oct, 2010

 

Thank goodness for that, Tug. This plant is small - about 3 - 4" tall. Its leaves are ferny and dark green. It certainly isn't widely available in the UK, either.

I think that common name is absolutely dreadful! I'll stick with Serratula. :-)))

Yes, Sandra - it is! :-)))

25 Oct, 2010

 

Looks like it belongs in a spring wildlflower meadow! lovely!

28 Oct, 2010

 

From this angle, yes, Karen, I can imagine that, but it would be lost in a meadow....it's very small....

29 Oct, 2010

 

I've never ever heard of it before...you do get some great plants at those rare plant sales!

29 Oct, 2010

 

It wasn't there this time! Do you remember reading an article by Roy Lancaster in the RHS magazine last year, about a Nursery in Wiltshire? I trekked over there, and found these plants there. They have all sorts of 'gems' there, and I shall go back next spring. Are you interested in these plants if/when I do go?

29 Oct, 2010

 

Fascinating shape they have...

30 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, I like the little double curls on the tips of the petals! :-))

30 Oct, 2010

 

I want some of these! They sound ideal for the front of my border and again, they are valuable source of colour for this time of the year.
I will be scouring my RHS mags later this evening: lets hope the nursery does mail order!!

30 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks for the offer Spritz. I am concentrating very hard on my new courtyard garden at the moment. I now have OH approval after agreeing on Courtyard Garden as an alternative to the pond. We even went out to the local GC this afternoon and bought a water feature for it. They were having a water feature sale!! What a stroke of luck!!

30 Oct, 2010

 

So I take it that you don't want me to get you any, then? Yes, you were lucky. :-))

Geraniumdad - I'm sorry, but I happen to know that they don't. You could use the Plantfinder, though...these plants can't be 'that' rare! If you have problems, I might well be going back to Wiltshire in the spring, so give me a yell.

30 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you I will. I will keep a look out in the Alpine Garden Society seedlist whem I get it: you never know.....

30 Oct, 2010

 

Thats dainty. Nice that it flowers now too.

31 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, and that it's hardy! :-))

31 Oct, 2010

 

It's does look like its from the Knapweed/Thistle part of the daisy family. I like it! I will look out for it on our supplier lists. Thanks, new one to me.

31 Oct, 2010

 

WOW!! That does surprise me, Fractal. I hope you can track it down because your customers will like it too. :-))

31 Oct, 2010

 

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! According to the RHS plantfinder there are 16 mail order nurseries that sell this plant!!
YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31 Oct, 2010

 

Oh, well done, G'dad. That's very good news. :-)))

31 Oct, 2010

 

It certainly is! I shall be ordering several plants for the garden. Well done for showing us this plant.
Do you have any more unusual plants?

31 Oct, 2010

 

LOL. If you have several weeks to spare, you could look down my plant list in the 'Garden' section of my page! I suppose it depends on what 'you' grow, as to whether they're unusual or not.

31 Oct, 2010

 

A Must Have, glad it has been named for you :o))))

1 Nov, 2010

 

Errr....I knew its name really, Jackie! It's just not one that trips off my tongue. lol.

1 Nov, 2010



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