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Dahlia confusion, is it or is"nt it ?


By Windy

cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

i bought a six pack of bulbs & set 5 in my boarder & their looking like dahlia"s as i imagine them to look like, but my 6th bulb which i decided to grow in a pot has come out my question is can anyone tell me am i growing a dahlia or something completely different (photo enclosed) thankyou v v much..paul.




looks more like a day lily/crocosmia type thing? or mayb even freesia, hard to say! There, that's nice and precise for you.

30 Jun, 2009


This plant is called Scrophularia (Figwort) and it is a native perennial that grows along river banks in wet soils etc. Not quite sure why you have that and not Dahlia's!!!

30 Jun, 2009


If it's any consolation, an interesting thing I learned about this plant many years ago is that the flower shape and opening perfectly fit's the size/shape of head of the common's main pollinator!

There!, you'll sleep tonight after knowing that won't you? :-)

30 Jun, 2009


wow fractal, don't know how you knew all that - a good deal more helpful than my weedy comment. : )

30 Jun, 2009


All clever stuff! I'm well impressed! :-)

30 Jun, 2009


I remember when Figwort first came up in our garden, I thought it was something really special and I went to great pains to nurture it and collect seed! It's strange how you can think something is beautiful and worth preserving until someone tells you it's a 'weed'. The interesting thing about this plant is that it is pollinated by wasps. I still secretly like it and don't cut it down unless it's in the way.

1 Jul, 2009

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