British Gardening forum: Please ID flowers on Doc Martin

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 13, 2017 2:01 AM CST
We've been enjoying the Doc Martin series, characters, and the scenery
in Portwenn (Port Isaac), Cornwall.

Could you please ID the tall pinkish-purply flowers that bloom along the lanes, e.g.
here in still image of Aunt Joan....(sorry to see her go)
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Would love to add them to our garden.

How old are the wonderful old walls, and buildings?
So well made.....works of art. Thumbs up

What beautiful country. Smiling


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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Dec 13, 2017 2:22 AM CST
Valerian (Centranthus ruber) ??
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 13, 2017 3:06 AM CST
Thanks Tofi! That looks like it alright.
Here's a description from the Wiki:
A native of the Mediterranean region, Centranthus ruber has been introduced into many other parts of the world as a garden escape. It is naturalised in France, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and the United States. In the US it can be found growing wild in such western states as Arizona, Utah, California, Hawaii, and Oregon, usually in disturbed, rocky places at elevations below 200 m. It is often seen by roadsides or in urban wasteland. It can tolerate very alkaline soil conditions. Because it can tolerate the lime in mortar, Centranthus ruber may frequently be seen growing in old walls in Italy and Southern France and South West England.

I'll see if I can find any locally, or if anyone may want to trade some for Hypoestes aristata. Thumbs up
(see The thread "Got Hypoestes aristata???" in Perennials forum )
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 13, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Sorry, just realized I can't trade seeds or plants with my UK friends, but do encourage you to
look for Hypoestes aristata seeds or plants for your gardens.

It is considered invasive, but so is the Valerian.....just keep an eye on it. Not difficult to contain, and
has so many good characteristics that outway the invasive thing.

It's not like Triffids! Smiling
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 18, 2017 2:02 AM CST
Just purchased seeds. Thumbs up
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listin...

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