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Berkheya purpurea

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2020
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kez001uk

#berkheya-purpurea #purple-berkheya

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jeatacake

Looking forward to these next summer especially if they're as good as yours have been 💜👍

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maldavis

Beautiful! Unfamiliar with this flower. Tell me more.

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kez001uk

@jeatacake are yours doing well? These are full of flowers already. Must be 10+ buds on this one stalk alone! 💜

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kez001uk

@maldavis looks are deceiving! As beautiful as the flowers are the rest of the plant is mean 😢 the whole thing is just spikes. They flower so well though, open lighter in colour through the season too. They’re known as the purple sunflower but don’t think they’re any relation. A nice plant I think, and definitely a little different 😛

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jeatacake

They're sturdy (& prickly) little plants. Maybe 6 inches across & the same high, but no sign of any inclination to flower as yet! 😏💜

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kez001uk

@jeatacake that’s a good size already! When I got mine as plugs they were much smaller so you never know, they might have a late summer attempt at flowering 😛

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jeatacake

I hope so, but I'll settle for next year!

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kez001uk

@jeatacake least now you have them they’ll be there forever! No one or nothing is digging them up 🤣

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jeatacake

Not even a hedgehog or a porcupine! 😆

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kez001uk

@jeatacake they’d finally know what they feel like 😂

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jeatacake

🤣🤣🤣

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kez001uk

The spikes are back 😱 #berkheya-purpurea #purple-berkheya

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jeatacake

A prickly flower on its way 👍 💜 Only leaves on my prickly customers so far 😁

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kez001uk

@jeatacake looks so threatening 😱 they’ll take off soon and you’ll need self defence classes! 😆

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telswirld

😆 yes! mine aren’t that advanced but they’ve multiplied 😳😁

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kez001uk

@telswirld their spitefulness is spreading 😱😂

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jeatacake

Certainly need the gardening gloves on!

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kez001uk

@jeatacake 🧤

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cyndi

Looks pettable

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kez001uk

@cyndi it does look fluffy 😛 but those spikes say otherwise 😉😂

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cyndi

Lol

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jeatacake

How are these doing this year? Did they overwinter ok? I got some seeds & have 2 decent sized seedlings. Not sure if they'll flower.

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kez001uk

@jeatacake they’re starting to get their flower spikes already 😁 a few crispy leaves was as bad as they got over winter. I’m so glad you’ve got some 😛 I think @DeborahBanks started her seeds late last year and got flowers so you might be surprised 😉

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DeborahBanks

@jeatacake one of my seedlings from last year flowered and the other didn’t and it’s happily still growing in the garden and was outside in a pot all winter.

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jeatacake

The 2 seedlings I have are starting to grow fast now so it's good to know there's some hope of a flower! More do though that they ought to survive winter outside. Thanks Kerry & Deborah @DeborahBanks 👍😊💜

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kez001uk

@jeatacake once they get bigger and the leaves attack you you’ll see why even frost is scared of them 🤣

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DeborahBanks

@kez001uk mine bit me again yesterday I think I’d forgotten again how ruthless they are 😀

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kez001uk

@DeborahBanks 😂 they soon remind you don’t they! 😝

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jeatacake

They're looking a bit bristly already! 😮

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kez001uk

@jeatacake wear armour when you’re anywhere near them! 🤣

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kez001uk

#foliagefriday

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kez001uk

@auricula it’s a beautiful flower, just wish the plant itself was a little nicer 😂

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gjones

She really is very pretty!

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kez001uk

@gjones they are growing through much lighter now, almost white. Think I like them more this colour 😛

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pelly

Isn't that lovely, I've not seen it before Kerry 😍😍

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cyndi

Very beautiful

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gjones

She really did turn into a beautiful flower!

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KariSamuel

Oh this is cool! #neverseenanythinglikeit

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Dragon_Warrior

Wow! Gorgeous! I love it 😍

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Dragon_Warrior

I saw one guy say it was a "repulsive plant" and he's ripping all of them up, lol. I'm guessing it would depend on where you choose to plant it? It might look nice as a border to our Forrest.

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kez001uk

@pelly the flowers are lovely but same can’t be said for the rest of the violent thing 😂 worth a few cuts though 😜

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kez001uk

@cyndi thank you Cyndi ☺️

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kez001uk

@gjones thanks Katy 😁 they’ve opened lighter and lighter too. Started very lilac and now are almost white 😍

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kez001uk

@KariSamuel isn’t it lovely 💜 to look at anyway 🙈

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kez001uk

@gardengirlla if I manage to collect seed I’ll let you know 😛

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kez001uk

@Dragon_Warrior thank you ☺️ I read that too! I don’t know for sure because I grow mine in a pot, but perhaps it spreads when grown in the ground 🤔 and I must say the rest of the plant is a lot less pretty. It’s a violent thing! 😂 can’t touch any part of it without being stabbed 😜 but I think it’s worth it for the flowers 😁 could looks very nice in your forest border 💜

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midnightgardener

Wow that's incredible and such a delicate colour. Where did you get this or did you grow from seed?@kez001uk 😊😊💜💜

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kez001uk

@midnightgardener thanks Christine ☺️ you can grow them from seed but I bought them as postiplugs from Thompson & Morgan 💜

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ublaszko

#quirky 😆😆😆

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alan1111

Great colour

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kez001uk

@ublaszko and evil! 🤣 deadheading is a hazardous task!

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kez001uk

@alan1111 it’s unusual but been a great plant. Flowers last well and new spikes are still appearing weeks after the first flowers 💟

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ublaszko

😂😂 Would make a good character for Plants vs. Zombies game 😆

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alan1111

Thanks Kerry another one of the wish list

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kez001uk

@ublaszko 😂 love that game and would be no zombies passing this! 🤣

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kez001uk

@alan1111 😂 stacking up your wish list today!

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DeborahBanks

Fab! Cant wait till mine flower next year

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kez001uk

@DeborahBanks just be sure to wear full body armour when you’re dealing with them 🤣

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cyndi

That is amazing

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gjones

They look very pretty now!

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jeatacake

I like them too & so many flower heads 💜💜💜

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kez001uk

@cyndi they open from the top down and have a whole bunch of flowers on each stem. Great plants, just uuuuuuugly foliage. Looked ok til they flowered but it’s vile now 🤣 on my seed saving list 😉

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kez001uk

@gjones much less monster-like 😂 just love the lilac fluff in the centre 💜

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kez001uk

@jeatacake they have exceeded my expectations, and the multiple flowers is an added bonus 😁

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jeatacake

You've convinced me to try them next year for sure 👍

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kez001uk

@jeatacake woooo! I’m so pleased to hear that 😁 just grow something pretty, about 1’ high, in front of it 😜

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jeatacake

Really? Only 1 ft high? I suppose as they're like sunflowers I automatically thought they'd be a lot taller 🤔

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telswirld

Waiting for mine to flower 👍🏻💜😉

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suerichards

That’s very nice 👌👌

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cyndi

The flowers make up for the foliage..

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kez001uk

@sieveheadsarah

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bandicoot

Given up trying to grow these from seed - will have to buy one next year!

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kez001uk

@bandicoot I bought these as plugs last year. Had never seen seeds before but they sound like hard work getting started 😜

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kez001uk

@sieveheadsarah they’re prettier than I expected 💜

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sieveheadsarah

They're very pretty Kerry, I'll definitely sow mine next year!! 👍🏼. What's the foliage like??

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ublaszko

😍😍😍 I agree! Looks so much better than I expected! 😍😍

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kez001uk

@sieveheadsarah I can’t say it’s incredibly pretty but stays compact and fluffy. I’ll take a full photo later for you 😁

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kez001uk

@ublaszko the photos I’ve seen made them look much more dull and scruffy. Maybe they’ll end up like that but they’re quite nice at the moment 😋

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gjones

I think they're pretty - definitely wasn't sure what they'd look like from your earlier photo .

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kez001uk

@gjones they did look like monsters before 😂 but pleased if they stay like this, and they have multiple flowers per stem too 😁

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lostgardener

Feed me..👀😳

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kez001uk

@lostgardener it does look like something from Little Shop of Horrors 😂😱

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maldavis

Yikes! Scary looking!

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kez001uk

@maldavis it’s a scary plant, violent 🤣 I hope the flowers will be worth the scars 😂

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Soph1e

Great photo!

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kez001uk

@Soph1e thanks Sophie 😁 it’s a very photogenic plant but not for the right reasons 🤣

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scottz

Yikes! Pretty, but I wouldn't want to cross her. 😍 Little Shop of Horrors.

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kez001uk

@scottz the whole plant is just spikes and fluff. At least she tried to disguise her mean streak 😂 hoping it’ll be pretty once it opens. Purple sunflowers do sound pretty 💜

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lesliecole49

😲 lol

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kez001uk

@lesliecole49 quite a sight isn’t it 😂

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gjones

She looks like she could take a bite out of you😄😄 I'm sure she'll be gorgeous when she opens!

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jeatacake

These are just surreal when in flower💜

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kez001uk

Doesn’t look like much but will be my first purple sunflower bloom 💜

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jeatacake

Now these are pretty & unique on here. I've never seen them in real life 💜👌

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sieveheadsarah

I look forward to seeing this flower Kerry, I bought seeds last year but changed my mind about planting them.

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kez001uk

@jeatacake the photos I’ve seen vary quite a bit so I’m interested to see how they end up. Hopefully the violent foliage will be worthwhile 😆

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kez001uk

@sieveheadsarah they do look unusual and the foliage isn’t very pretty or friendly so I’m hoping the flowers are a good trade off! With any luck they’ll have you wanting to try them 😁 watch this space... 😉

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jeatacake

It does look very thistle-like at the moment!

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sieveheadsarah

Let's hope so Kerry, I was just put off by pics of scrappy looking foliage 😬

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kez001uk

@jeatacake it’s so strange as it looks quite fluffy but they’re nasty buggers 🤣

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kez001uk

@sieveheadsarah I must admit the foliage isn’t the most attractive but stays green and upright. Much nicer than the likes of allium foliage, ugly stuff 🤣

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sieveheadsarah

That's one good thing then Kerry, I agree about allium foliage, it's horrid!!

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gjones

I'm not familiar with this plant but it looks like it's growing well for you!

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kez001uk

@gjones they were sold as “purple sunflower” but any picture I’ve seen is very un-sunflower-like 😂 seem pretty enough though and are thankfully growing on well after arriving almost completely rotten 😐

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gjones

@kez001uk I googled the name. They look really pretty - like a cross between a coneflower and a large daisy type flower😊

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pelly

Oh I’ve not seen these before, they’re going to be gorgeous 💜💜

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kez001uk

@gjones I thought the same, I love daisies of any sort and they look like them a bit. I just don’t like the look of the foliage. Seems a bit violent 🤪

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kez001uk

@pelly me either Jane but they looked interesting so thought they were worth a try 😁

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pelly

Definitely 👍👍

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jeatacake

Interesting. I'd not seen these either, but just checked them out & they look good 😍

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kez001uk

@jeatacake they looked pretty on the website, not too sunflower-y though 🤣

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jeatacake

More aster-y I'd say 😁

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kez001uk

@jeatacake I agree 😋

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