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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 7:18 pm    Post subject: ID please  Reply with quote

I've got a load of these in the field next door to me. They look like an orchid to my uneducated eyes... Can anyone tell me what it is please?

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice flower - nice photo of it too, BUT:-
How big is the head?
How tall is the plant?
What type of leaves?
What shape leaves?
Where is it growing?

From a quick search I've come up with "Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock"

http://www.irishwildflowers.ie/pages/94a.html



but not quite?
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuckoo flower was my first thought, everything correct except flower structure -  could be a double.Are all the flowers the same ?
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: flower id Reply with quote

I think they are what we used to call Milk Maids
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Double Cuckoo flower, mutation same as happens with e.g.  wild primroses  at times. Also can be bought  in cultivated form.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Double Cuckoo flower, mutation same as happens with e.g.  wild primroses  at times. Also can be bought  in cultivated form.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rare one wrote:
Double Cuckoo flower, mutation same as happens with e.g.  wild primroses  at times. Also can be bought  in cultivated form.


Spot on, Rare one - here is a Royal Horticultural Society picture:-

           
described here:- https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=5366

Mystery over so time to rest the grey cells.  
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

   
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, ' been out in the garden all day so I've only just seen your replies  

Many thanks - I'm quite glad it isn't an orchid as the farmer will be mowing them all down any day now!


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