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Pink hanging flower

Observed: 26th September 2011 By: jh453
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Description:

Unknown shrub in marsh area of garden pond. Approx 6 feet tall. Pointed opposite leaves 2.5 inches long and 2 inches wide, avocado colour, dull non shinny leaves, dark pink veins, smooth edges. Last leaves above hanging flowers are dark pink. Flowers are in 6 tiers one hanging below the other each slightly smaller than one above,4 petals, total length 4 inches. Flowers August-September. Six shinny smooth small dark pink berries under each set of petals 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches long September.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) interacts

Comments

leenestofvipers's picture

bees

I have this in my garden and the bumblebess love it.

synan's picture

birds

I have it as well, and the blackbirds love the berries but find them quite a challenge to get at. Robins seem partial to them too.

jh453's picture

Very impressed at the speed

Very impressed at the speed of the identification - done, and agreed, to before I had time to open my own entry! Thank you. Looks like a few people have come across this in the past month or so as well, so maybe it is spreading. As we have a bird and bee friendly garden and there are comments that they like it we'll keep it, maybe just prune it a bit.

cabbageleek's picture

A pest

This species is invasive. It easily self sows and grows rapidly. I would not encourage people to grow it in their gardens! Those blackbirds and robins are great at dispersing it.

jh453's picture

It was birds that brought it

It was birds that brought it into the garden in the first place so maybe you're right. We've not seen it anywhere else (yet!) but I note in some of the references it is causing problems in NZ so we'll reconsider keeping it as we don't want the same problems here.

synan's picture

Invasive

I have read that it's invasive in other countries but, throughout 5 years or so, I haven't had a problem with it spreading, despite the feasting birds. It just needs the oldest growth cutting back to ground level annually. Some garden centres sell it.