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Unknown plant from seed

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by BellaBlue, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. BellaBlue

    BellaBlue Gardener

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    5BE5FBF5-EC5B-4C79-A5C9-76924CD004F5.jpegE075AC75-EDBE-4D4C-9B69-DF51EE393D15.jpeg Hello

    I’m new here and have spent the past week or two reading as much as I can here and viewing all the galleries. I don’t really yet have a garden worth posting pictures of but I have plans...

    I’ve been growing plants from seed and plugs (bought a few from garden centres too) in preparation for planting out in the spring into my newly dug borders.

    This plant that I need identifying. (Pics attached) is either from a Grow Wild seed packet or a bargain basement packet of seeds from Chiltern Seeds.

    It is a small plant in a 4 inch pot and the closest I have come to identifying it is an alpine geranium called erodium. It has not flowered yet and seems unlikely to do so this year.

    What do you think?

    Perhaps I’ve been mollycoddling a weed?
     
  2. Mike Allen

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    BellaBlue. A very warm welcome to the forum. Please don't worry. We all had to start somewhere. No. I am not going to even attempt to identify your plant, i'm bound to get it wrong.

    A tip or two, when attempting to identify a plant. Forget cultivated plants and weeds. They are both plants. Your subject is small but it already gives out a lot of information. Most good gardening books display illustrations of leaf shapes. Then take a look at the leaf stems, that attach the leaf to the main body. Is there a stem, or does the leaf seem to grow from th main body. Are the stems smooth, hairy, rounded, squared or triangulate. These are perhaps the main features to identify.
     
  3. BellaBlue

    BellaBlue Gardener

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    Thank you for the warm welcome Mike.

    My research is mainly done via google. Your tip is very good though. Alas I don’t have that kind of garden book although I do have a couple on garden design and some on perennials / shrubs / lawn care etc ( an incomplete series by D G Hennesen I think it is)
     
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    • noisette47

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      Hi BellaBlue, welcome to GC. Your plant looks like a baby Heuchera. Perhaps 'Greenfinch' or son of.....
       
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      • BellaBlue

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        Heuchera! why didn't I think of that? I would be very happy if that is what it turns out to be when it grows up.


        Thanks a lot Noisette :)
         
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        I am hopeless at id ing seedling/young plants...but have just had a closer look.
        I believe in pics, I can see leaves in 3.
        A stalk..then a pair of leaflets plus a terminal leaf.
        In which case that rules out Heuchera completely.
         
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          How do you feel about Francoa ramosa, BellaBlue? :) [​IMG]
           
        • BellaBlue

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          This is a variety of erodium , I especially noted the fold where leaf meets stemerodium.png

          That's quite pretty plant Noisette so I would keep it if that's what it is.
           
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          It's going to be exciting when it flowers :) Keep us posted.....
           
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