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Weird and Wonderful

Posted by Jean Vernon on 23 Jul 2008 at 01:36 PM

 Sometimes new things at flower shows aren't flagged up. There are reasons for this. For example on Elizabeth MacGregor's stand in the Floral Marquee there are several new plants including a fabulous blue Eryngium ' Lapis Blue', but something weird and wonderful lurks in the border.

 

Cosmos x dahlia 'Mexican Black' is a rich red flowered plant that on first glance looks like a dahlia, but is in fact a cross between a dahlia and a cosmos.

It's not Elizabeth's creation, but comes with a good pedigree from Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers (Just Must Perennials).

 

"It's very much the sort of plant that I love. It produces large dhalia like tubers and will probably need winter protection. We've only had it one season and we are selling our surplus stock here at the show."

 

The flowers are borne on long stems and it has only just started to flower, so it will be a late flowering plant, ideal for a summer/autumn border. 

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