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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Plant identification required

Please - Diana or anyone out there - can you tell me what this plant is called?

This is a photo of what the plant looks like - minus a couple of leaves which were eaten by a calf.
And this is a close-up of the flower.:
Stunning, isn't it!

I found it growing near our gate, and have never seen it before.

19 comments:

  1. I have no idea, but it's beautiful.

    AV

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    1. AV - Welcome, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      It is beautiful, isn't it :)

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  2. Dani,

    It's a cockscomb (no, really, that's what it's called. Wonderful that you have it growing wild!

    http://www.rareseeds.com/store/flowers/cockscomb-and-celosia/




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    1. DFW - Thanks - you're right :)

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  3. Pretty thing. I've never seen anything quite like it.

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    1. Harry - Me neither - and I've certainly never seen it growing wild any here before...

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  4. Hi Dani, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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    1. Chris - Welcome, and thanks for hitting the followers button :)

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  5. We have those HERE! We call them Cockscomb. That's awesome that it grows wild. I think they reseed rather easily. I had some in the front yard (in town) a few years ago. Totally forgot about it until seeing you post. Might need to plant some at the farm.

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    1. 1st Man - They are stunning plants, aren't they. Well worth planting at your farm I reckon, if for no other reason than their beauty :)

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  6. I've never seen that, but my first reaction was, "It's GOT to be called cockscomb!"
    What a gorgeous color :)

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    1. Quinn - The colour is what first grabbed my attention :)

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  7. Real name: Celosia Cristata (syn. Celosia argentea cristata) or plainly, the Cockscomb! My book says: A quick-growing, hardy annual with pink, red or golden flower heads, resembling cockscombs, up to 15cm across. It flowers for six to ten weeks in summer. Lucky you!

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    1. Marlene - It flowers that long - wow! I wonder how the seed got planted...?

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  8. not our wildflower. Garden escapee originally from tropical Asia.

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    1. Diana - I can't imagine that anyone planted that here - I've not seen it growing in anyones garden. T'is beautiful though... :)

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    2. perhaps a rogue seed in a nursery pot?

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  9. I have no idea what it is, but is a GORGEOUS flower!

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    1. Laurel - Welcome, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      It is definitely a cockscomb - and it is gorgeous isn't it :)

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