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Another ident one, might be weed?

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mellysam Fri 17-Jun-16 11:42:23

Hello everyone, I hope you can help me identify a plant, in the picture the one with purple and pink flowers.
Its quite tall and comes up every year (this is the first time i've seen pink flowers though). It grows all over the place, even in the gravel on our drive. When it goes over if you touch it the seeds pop all over the place.
Any ideas?

shovetheholly Fri 17-Jun-16 12:17:57

Toadflax!

mellysam Fri 17-Jun-16 12:49:13

Amazing thank you!!

MarklahMarklah Fri 17-Jun-16 12:50:22

I nabbed some recently when the council cleared a footpath. Bees are loving it!

shovetheholly Fri 17-Jun-16 13:21:30

Some people see it as a weed. I guess it spreads - but it's also dropdead gorgeous in the right place. I have a patch in my front garden that I'm trying to get seeds off but every year the postman treads on it just at the critical moment. angry

Still, he's a lovely postman so I can't really complain.

Kr1stina Fri 17-Jun-16 14:30:20

Ah! We call that railway weed . I wondered what you all meant by toad flax.

And you call that stinky wee geranium with the pink flowers ' herb Robert ' ?

Always a school day on MN smile

JT05 Fri 17-Jun-16 19:11:13

Loads of it in my garden and I love it! It moves around, popping up in unexpected place. Very cottage garden.

Ferguson Fri 17-Jun-16 19:58:52

Toadflax comes in many different varieties:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linaria_vulgaris

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WfmO4YjvKs

And Kr1stina , by 'railway weed' do you mean commonly found beside railways? In the UK, in the early days of railways, I think many plants became distributed from being 'sucked along' by the draught from trains.

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