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Dec 13, 2017 2:01 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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 of art. Thumbs up

What beautiful country. Smiling
Learn and/or create something every day.

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Dec 13, 2017 2:22 AM CST
Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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Valerian (Centranthus ruber) ??
Dec 13, 2017 3:06 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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 )
Dec 13, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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
Dec 18, 2017 2:02 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Just purchased seeds. Thumbs up
Sep 26, 2021 8:36 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Follow up....

The plants found a small spot in the garden, and while not as robust as
those in Doc Martin, they bloom freely, and seem happy as clams at high tide. Thumbs up

One is even growing out of a crack in a rock with little soil.
I'll propagate them to other areas this fall, and see if
where they like it best.

Highly recommend Centrantus ruber (aka Centranthus ruber, the red valerian, spur valerian, kiss-me-quick, fox's brush, devil's beard or Jupiter's beard)
and Doc Martin.
Each reminds me of the other.

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