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Mystery self-set shrub

Observed: 27th May 2012 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in Plants
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I'm sure I should recognise this - I think it's a garden plant that I know. We haven't pulled it up because we want to know what it is - but neither of us can recognise it yet. It has self-set in a gravel path in our garden. The stems are thick, pale green with a bloom on them.

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Species with which Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) interacts


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Leycesteria formosa

Also known as "Flowering Nutmeg".

David J Trevan

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Thank you! Really appreciate your help.

Those pictures look familiar - I was thinking of 'shrimp plant' but it didn't seem to be that. I don't know where it's come from, as we don't have it anywhere else in the garden (my mum does,which is why I thought it looked familiar, but she lives over 100 miles away!). Googling it came up with this: "Whereas in the United States and the UK, information on the Himalayan honeysuckle is directed towards care and pruning (it doesn't require too much of the latter), information dispersed in New Zealand usually addresses how to kill it." Apparently it is quite a pest there. So maybe I'll just dig the thing up.