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Old Monday 6th January 2020, 14:25   #1
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French Flowers

Hi,

I am struggling to identify these four flowering plants. They were photographed in France in June 2018. Any suggestions even just to family level would be appreciated.
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Old Monday 6th January 2020, 15:12   #2
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Hi Dave, I can only help with two of the species of your pictures: no.2 is Gaura lindheimeri, a popular garden flower in the Netherlands (Prachtkaars = magnificent candle), in pink and in white, but not endemic; I suppose it is an escape in France as well. The flower on the third picture gives me the impression of a Veratrum (False Helleborine, but that is a name for V.album, which is not this one). Photo 4 shows a species of the Lamiaceae (Deadnettles). I am sure an expert on the BF can offer more details and identification.
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1 - looks like Narrow-leaved Flax Linum tenuifolium.
2 - agree.
3 - Something in the family Apocynaceae, perhaps a milkweed Asclepias or a dogbane Apocynum.
4 - agree something in Lamiaceae.
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Agree with 1 + 2. The Gaura is also very popular in UK gardens.
3 Swallow Wort, Vincetoxicum hirundinaria
4 Cut-leaved Self-heal, Prunella laciniata (shame we can't see the leaves!)
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Old Wednesday 8th January 2020, 14:57   #5
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Thanks very much janvanderbrugge, Nutcracker and Aeshna5 for your prompt replies.

Aeshna5 - I think you can see two upper leaves and a fuzzy image of a lower leaf in image 4.

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