second plant in question

southerngardening24(7b)May 25, 2014

I purchased the pincusion "ritz rose" plant recently and it came with a hitchhiker that I left in place when I planted it out into the garden because the plant was so small.

Does anyone know what the one in the middle is? I was thinking maybe a gerbera or similar?

Thank you for reading and your help!

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thedecoguy

Ajuga?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 2:00AM
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esh_ga

I think a closer picture of the flower would help.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 12:06PM
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southerngardening24(7b)

I will take a better pic tomorrow. thank you.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 9:32PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

We know what the flower is - that's the 'Pincushion'. ie Scabiosa japonica var. alpina 'Ritz Rose'. It's the leaves growing out of the middle of the Scabiosa the OP wants ided.

Whatever it is it needs to come out whether to be discarded or transplanted. It can't stay where it is.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 6:46AM
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southerngardening24(7b)

I dug it up, soaked it in water for a few minutes, and tried to separate it. It does not separate. Seems to be one plant. Strange.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 9:49PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Well, I've looked up some images of this plant and it seems that it's one of those examples of the flowering stems having different foliage from the basal rosette. It's not a plant I know personally but that phenomenon is not uncommon. However, it is unusual in that the flowering stems would normally come from the centre of the rosette, not from below it. That's why it looks like a different plant in the middle. So, I'm sorry if you dug it up on my advice. I hope I haven't caused too much mayhem in your garden.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:19AM
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shadeyplace(7)

weird..looks like two different plants to me also. Is this definitely a scabiosa then?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:39AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Yes - it's definitely a Scabiosa. The flowers are a give away. The image at the link shows the two types of leaves. Although their position on the OP's is a bit unusual.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scabiosa 'Ritz Rose'

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 12:49PM
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southerngardening24(7b)

floral no mayhem in my garden lol. I was very thankful for all the advice and didn't mind digging it up. another learning experience for me! I picked this plant on purpose because I thought I was getting 2 for 1 lol. I love a challenge. thanks again. :-)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 3:41PM
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