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Observed: 24th May 2011 By: mishmash17
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Description:

Racomose infloresence, lilac flowers with very long stamens and styles. Leaves possibly alternate up the stem, compound. Red stem, whole plant very hairy.Non-native?

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Simon Walker's picture

It's called Purple Tansy...

...because of the leaf shape. Otherwise, it would be hard to think of something that looks LESS like Tansy. Really nice flower though. She Who Must Be Obeyed made me look it up last year.
There's a road called Purple Tansy in San Antonio, Texas. Bet you're glad to know that, eh?

chrisbrooks's picture

Snippet

You never know when a snippet of information like that will come in useful. Regards Chris

Simon Walker's picture

Yes, and whats more

...it's native to the SW USA and Northern Mexico. Good for bees, apparently.

Regards

Fenwickfield's picture

introduced

It was introduced as a conservation plant so not native.I noticed it about 15 years ago growing at the base of bird feeders in peoples gardens (was a landscape gardener) wasn't just going round looking at feeders and I remember one clients being rather concerned as she thought it may be something illegal growing.It is an excellent plant for insects,well I will be of now to see if I can find that road,may be some time

Fenwickfield

Simon Walker's picture

Can I Come Too?

I could do with a holiday.

Regards,

Si