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ID of seedlings, please (1 Viewer)

IamFof

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Now my Cornish hedge is finished, I am preparing to plant it out.
Checking seedlings I have in a nursery bed to check the labels are still good and plants were ready.
All looks good except for this one.
They are tagged as Jasione montana, which I did sow. The seed coming from a good trusted source.
They just don't look like what I was expecting, somehow.
It is a biennial, so these could just be the young leaves. They seem to be similar to J. montana, but appear to be, too big and rounded.
All the books I have, describe the leaf when it's in flower and any reference to young leaves are very superficial.
When I've seen them in the wild, they have always been growing in hedgerows, growing through everything, and hence at their max height. Impossible to see the leaves at ground level.
What thinks you all?
TIA
Fof
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Butty

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Have to say I think of it as a rough-grassland thing. Can't offhand remember seeing it as part of a hedge. I can't say that your photos put me in mind of it at all, but, as you say, one tends to be quite unfamiliar with out-of-season leaf-shapes. I would be rather doubtful that this is what you think/hope it is.
 

paddyluke

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Wales
could it be Cuban Oregano?


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IamFof

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Hi guys.
Young Digitalis is what I suspect, Bummer.
Even though the seed source is normally very reputable, accidents do happen.
I guess the Cornish hedge will have to have foxglove included this year, not in a couple of years, as planned.
 

aeshna5

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definitely not Digitalis, opposite alternate pairs of leaves, possibly square stem, could be Salvia (sage) family
The original photo is different plant to the latter one. Original still looks like Digitalis. Somebody else posted a different plant to which you must be referring & named it as Cuban Oregano.
 
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IamFof

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Hi guys
Well the Jasione montana seeds germinated and gave me a great batch of Digitalis, which are now ready to be beheaded before they set seed.
Checking over the Cornish Hedge, I have spotted a couple of small Digitalis seedlings, sprouting from between the stones. These will be the native spp, and not one of the garden varieties.
 

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