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By Jai

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What is this strange plant? I planted bulbs in a woodland cemetry that were meant to be alliums.The bulbs gradually came to the surface as hollow shells and in their place grew these plants. The alliums were planted in a letter J shape and these plants came up in that shape. When I pulled one up it had a long root and not a bulb. What could have happened? They have been flower since the end of July and some are white and others pink. Thank you for any help you can give me.

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possibly a mallow---( senior moment can't remember is cultivated name! )must have been some seeds about, Lavatera thats what I'm thinking of both annual and perennial varieties

25 Aug, 2010


Hi Jai,

I think these are Lavatera trimestris, which is an annual.

It may be that the Alliums perished but that their compost contained seed of the Lavatera.

25 Aug, 2010


Snap, Pam!

25 Aug, 2010


pleased you confirmed my guess Ilex :0))

25 Aug, 2010


Bye the way welcome to Goy Jai--- have a look around its a friendly site with lots of info about plant etc.........

25 Aug, 2010


It's either Malva or Lavatera. I think Lavatera grows bigger. What are the leaves like further up the stems and how high do the plants grow Jai?

Does the cemetery have rabbits? They eat Alliums, which could explain their disappearance. Even if you haven't seen them about they may pass through and eat anything tasty at dawn. I'm amazed by the things that grow in my new rabbit-proof garden - I used to blame the non-appearance of lots of plants on slugs and snails. I only moved to the house next door to the last one, so I'm sure my new garden is populated by the first cousins of the previous garden's mollusc inhabitants, but I'm forced to the conclusion that we had rabbits there as well. And I've seen them in my old garden through the windows of my new house. I'll bet they listened for the slam of the back door & belted for the bushes which is why I never saw them.

25 Aug, 2010


Beattie, there are some widely available compact forms of L. trimestris that only reach 18 inches or so in height, although these plants in the pics do look particularity dwarf. The smaller Malvas have rather different basal foliage I think. Either way they are certainly Mallows!

25 Aug, 2010

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