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Can anyone identify these flowers please, a friend grew them and has no idea what they are.

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Top one may be Catanche caerulea
Don't recognise the second.

18 Jan, 2022


annual cornflower for the first I thought and Phacelia tanacetifolia for the second. The latter is excellent for bees butterflies etc. often grown as a green manure or cover crop.
did she have a wildflower mix or a bee friendly mix?

18 Jan, 2022


In all the years I have been growing stuff I have never actually grown or seen Phacelia.

18 Jan, 2022


I had some seeded from some bird seed. Took me ages to find out what they were. Agree with Owd re the first one.

18 Jan, 2022


I did grow Phacelia about 10 years ago to see if the bees would enjoy them, and they did. I had self sown ones coming up for years.

the tips of the petals aren't right for Catanache, well not the one I've grown before.

18 Jan, 2022


Maybe, but the leaves look wrong for Cornflower, that is if the leaves in the image belong to that plant.

19 Jan, 2022


Thanks folks for your reply's very helpful.

19 Jan, 2022


The first one is Centaura cyranus (cornflower) it is a annual and the flowers are edible (I believe). I love and grow Centaura Montana which is perennial and evergreen and with single petals looks little different from this..

23 Jan, 2022

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