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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Plant ID required  Reply with quote

I'm not 100% sure what this is



The leaves are like giant Doc leaves, cheers
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it as Inula - there are various kinds. Insects love it and it spreads nicely.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Sandrar, I'll look it up later.
We inherited it, did not want to destroy, its in one of the next areas of the garden to be developed.

Insects, I've noticed the flowers don't last long, thanks again
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inula is correct, from the Asteraceae family. It is a large genus of about 90 species!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More usually known here as elecampane….and it's edible. The leaves are edible, the Romans used them as a potherb. The roots are used by the Continental folks to make absinthe. They have a sweetness that mostly we can't digest (supposedly useful for diabetics though) and leave a lot of people full of wind (bit like those no sugar mints do if folks eat too many).

The characteristic that catches the eye when working out what yellow rayed flower this one actually is, is that the ends of all the rays are triple split but not square blunt ended like hawkbit.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toddy wrote:
The roots are used by the Continental folks to make absinthe.
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Hey ho, the things we grow in our gardens that we don't know the uses for!!


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