Solved Plant i.d. please.

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    DSCF6224.JPG My first post on the forum and hopefully you can help me with identifying this plant? I keep the labels from all the plants I buy so I'm surprised I don't have a label for this one. Either it has self seeded or it's a whopping type of weed!
     
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    Hi Harri and welcome to the forum. I believe you have a Leycesteria formosa, the Himalayan Honeysuckle.
     
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      Hi Victoria and thanks for the reply. And yes, Himalayan Honeysuckle it is. Well I've been in this house 10 years and maybe it popped up 5 or so years ago. And I really don't remember planting it. I've just been chopping it down to the ground so it must be pretty hardy! It's pretty enough to stay where it is I guess in a front border. I wonder what I would have done with it if you had told me it was a big weed?
       
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        A gift from the birds.
         
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          Ha ha yes it took a while for the penny to drop, a gift from the birds indeed!
           
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            Couple of pics.
            Seedlings look nothing like adult shrubs.

            LEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA 05-09-2009 15-34-34.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA 05-09-2009 15-37-28.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA 05-09-2009 15-38-43.JPG
             
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              Common names are Pheasant Berry and Granny's Curls, there is also a sickly looking yellow leaved variety called Golden Lanterns.
               
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                I rather like it....
                Leycesteria formosa Golden Lantern..see picsLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA  GOLDEN  LANTERNS 26-04-2010 12-03-37.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA  GOLDEN  LANTERNS 03-06-2010 15-04-47.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA  GOLDEN  LANTERNS 09-08-2012 16-41-58.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA  GOLDEN  LANTERNS 24-06-2010 17-55-56.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA  GOLDEN  LANTERNS 24-06-2010 17-56-39.JPGLEYCESTERIA  FORMOSA  GOLDEN  LANTERNS 26-04-2010 12-03-16.JPG
                 
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                  Hidden easter egg with this shrub. When the berries start to turn a brownish colour, squidge them between your fingers and they have a very nice caramel toffee smell. Apparently you can eat them when ripe, but they're bitter as hell when they're not
                   
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                    A very interesting plant then. I've taken some cuttings as I read they can be propagated by cuttings but I'm not too convinced as the stalks are hollow! We'll see.
                     
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                    Propagation from seed is the way to go.....if you want them or not!
                     
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