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Yesterday, I walked up our street - I usually drive! I noticed what I thought was a large out of control weed, but then I saw these wonderful beautiful flowers - they're about 6 inches (15 cm)? The plant itself seems to have set in a largish crack in the paving and it's 6 to 7 feet tall (over 1 metre). Anyone any ideas what it is?




Leycesteria formosa, commonly known as Pheasant berry. Seeds itself readily.

29 Aug, 2012


Some people also call it Himalayan Honeysuckle. There seems to have been an ID question on this Leycesteria plant every day this week. They are obviously doing well all over the UK this year.

29 Aug, 2012


Thanks to 'Bamboo' & 'Inverglen'
It's not a plant I'd seen before and the flowers are very beautiful (even if a little hard to see as they seem to grow under the foliage).

29 Aug, 2012


Yes, the flowers are very unusual and lovely - but lots of people don't like this plant in small urban gardens, it does tend to look quite boring when not in flower and take up a fair bit of room if not kept under control. I still think its worth it for the flowers though...

29 Aug, 2012


No one ever notices it until it flowers! Do we want 'un-noticeable' plants in our gardens? I don't like it, but that's just my opinion! It's hardy and troublefree apart from the self-seeding.

29 Aug, 2012


I love these and have spotted quite a few lately which seem to have self-seeded. Just wish they would make a home in my garden. Perhaps I'll ask a neighbour for some seeds. There are lots of plants that are nondescript until they flower aren't there? Unusual flowers make up for that and now that I know that blackbirds love them it makes them definitely worth having!

30 Aug, 2012

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