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#1 emasen

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:12 PM

Growing in the grass/walled area where I'm thinking of digging up to make a contained weed/food patch. when it doesn't get "mowed" it grows a longish stemed flower from the centre, is it safe?
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:16 PM

i have another better photo but don't know how to add it.. Tried adding both pics in previous post but it's only showing the 1 pic :(
The leaves are quite furry which shows better in other pic!!

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:10 PM

It looks like Knapweed.

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:17 PM

Looking closer it lokks more like Cornflower. I have some in my garden. Grows a long steem with a blue/purple head flower.

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:32 PM

Thanks Pompeypoole, I've just googled both plants but i don't think there what I have growing.
Had to get my son to show me how to add my other pic!!
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:40 PM

Arrrrrh pic didn't add..... :(

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 10:44 PM

What colour is the flower and roughly how tall is it?

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 06:53 AM

This is the second photo, the plant produces a 10/12 cm stem with a small flower head, think it might be a orange flower, we only let it grow the once afew years ago.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:03 AM

I still can't see the pic after enlarging it but think it might be what some call fox and cubs. Don't go by this name though as people use different descriptions for different plants. Will look up what I am thinking ang hive you a link to look at. Does it spread in mat form do you know?

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:07 AM

Try googling this Pilosella aurantiaca Sorry on ipad at the mo and it's not letting me put the link. If this is your plant then yes, it's fine to feed as part of a mixed diet. My torts love it ;)

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

Brilliant, Thankyou Sue, looked on google and that's definitely it :) It's common name is "orange hawkweed". Will keep it and start digging over the area.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 06:51 PM

It grows like mad in my garden, but the torts eat it to the ground if I let them. I have a mound where there used to be a pampas grass and it's covered that. We call it Samsons lookout tower as its where he sits to watch over the other part of the garden where the girls are lol.

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 12:53 PM

Hello, I agree it's the plant commonly called fox and cubs. It's one of thousands of species in the Asteraceae family which have daisy-like flowers.

 

The Tortoise Table suggests feeding in moderation:
 

http://www.thetortoi...=main&catID=145






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