Solved ID please.

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  1. Upsydaisy

    Upsydaisy Total Gardener

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    Came across this at my parents place today and as usual have no idea what it is. Can anyone enlightened me please?

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    Thanks :)
     
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      OF please????? How I hate this predicted texting on this Tablet.....ID please!:sorry:
       
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        Hi, it looks like Leycesteria formosa.

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          Lycesteria formosa, Himalayan Honeysuckle.
           
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            Oops sorry @blackstart I didn't scroll up far enough to see your post....Thank you so much too for naming it so quickly for me too.:)
             
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              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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              Does it look like a weed?:smile:
               
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              is it a weed?? Only if you don't want it growing in that place.
              Also known as the Pheasant berry. If I remember correctly can be quite heavily pruned without ill effects.
               
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                Well that's the trouble @pete hard to tell. Sadly my parents garden has become somewhat ...unruly??:heehee:..as all our time is now spent on clearing the house out and selling it.. I spotted this today at the back of one of the ponds....what I should have asked perhaps is ..is it invasive...... The garden in overrun with G E...so I am now very wary of bringing unknown plants back to our garden.
                 
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                  Thanks @NigelJ ..we cross posted ....invasive??
                   
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                    Beware if you have chickens. It’s poisonous to them and probably other birds too. I had some in my garden once and quickly got rid of it.
                     
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                      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                      I've got some, i prune it to ground level each spring.
                      Can self sow as the birds like the berries but I'd not call it invasive.

                      Its other name is pheasant berry and apparently pheasants and blackbirds like the berries.

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                      The berries, which are red at first, becoming dark-purple then black, are palatable to Blackbirds and to Pheasants, hence one of the popular names 'Pheasant Berry'. They seem to be edible by humans, but only when at the right stage of ripeness, as otherwise they can be quite unpalatable.
                       
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                        The flowers can look quite oriental and exotic.

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                        Once settled in it can be a vigorous grower - we have a few about 8ft high but, as pete says, can be cut right down each year. We leave a few stems at about 4ft, not many, to help give the new growth some support so that it remains more upright.
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                        The golden leafed version is not quite so vigorous.
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                          I have always known it as, 'False Nutmeg'
                           
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                            You can always keep them containerized for a while Upsy.
                             
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