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Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Head Gardener's Dogsbody, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Head Gardener's Dogsbody

    Head Gardener's Dogsbody Gardener

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    I'd appreciate any help identifying this rather attractive perennial in our garden. It looks like a salvia is some respects but despite a lot of searching on Google I haven't found a match yet! The flowers are small and blue. The leaves have a serrated edge and are deeply textured. Note that small leaflets (bracts?) grow up the stem, interspersed with the flower buds. Thanks in anticipation,
    Dogsbody.

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    • Sian in Belgium

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      I'm not very good with plant identification , but I was wondering if it was Russian sage? Perovskia atriplicifolia although I'm sure you've already checked that already?
       
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        I think Perovskia is more woody and the leaves more silvery, Sian, but maybe Agastache?
         
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        • Head Gardener's Dogsbody

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          Hello All,
          Thank You for your suggestions so far. Unfortunately I think the photo I originally uploaded was a bit misleading as it only shows the mystery flower in bud. I've now found a photo of the same flower a week or so later in full flower. Things to note are that the flowers are two-tone (blue and white), the very distinctive salvia-like flower shape and also the graceful arching contour of the flower stem. I'm sure someone out there will recognise it.
          Thanks again,
          Dogsbody
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          • Marley Farley

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            One of the Salvias perhaps.. Do the leaves smell if you rub them.?
             
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              Yes..Salvia. Where's @longk when you need him?:)
               
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                Scutellaria (lateriflora?) - a close relative of Salvia. Lovely plant!
                 
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                  Hello longk,
                  Bingo!!!!! Well done! I was working on the assumption it was a Salvia, though the leaves aren't fragrant which was a clue that I was barking up the wrong tree! According to Wikipedia Scutellaria lateriflora is a member of the Mint family, and its common names are "Blue Skullcap", "Mad Dog Skullcap" and "Side Flowering Skullcap". It's a native species of North America and loves wet conditions.....which is probably why it thrives here in North West England!

                  Well done longk and also a big "Thank You" to everyone who took the trouble to answer my plea for help. Much appreciated.
                  Regards,
                  Dogsbody.
                   
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                    OK dear GCers, I have another question. How do I change the status of this thread to "Solved"? Sorry for my ignorance but I'm new around here......
                     
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                    It’s ok :) you don’t have to change the title. Welcome to the forum. Lovely plant.
                     
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                    Done;):blue thumb:
                     

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