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NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,025
This is growing my mum’s garden. She says it has been there 40 years, but I think she used to have a hydrangea there and is getting confused. The large flower heads look much darker at a distance, less raspberry... 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,005
    Ice plant, used to be called Sedum spectabile but now it's called https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/159311/Hylotelephium-spectabile/Details
    Great source of nectar for butterflies and bees in the late summer and autumn. :)


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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,025
    Hi @Dovefromabove, great, thanks, so no specific cultivar, just the bog standard Sedum Spectable? Sorry, can’t get on with Hylotelephium as a name! This one is definitely more burgundy than the pink shown in your link, do the colours vary?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,005
    They do get darker as they age ... have a look at 'Autumn Joy'.  Mine is quite dark at the moment. 

    I also have Sedum 'Abbeydore' which is quite dark, but the flower heads aren't as big as in your pic.
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,549
    Nollie said:
    so no specific cultivar?
    Very hard to tell apart generally. There are species, sub-species and hybrids and all have very common features. The teeth on the leaves look a bit pointed for spectabile so it could be one of the hybrids like Autumn Joy/Herbsefreude. You'd need to dissect a flower for further clues though.
    Unlike the brain, the stomach warns you when it's empty.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,005
    edited October 2019
    This is my Autumn Joy at the moment. 

    Excuse the quick pic ... it’s raining out there 🌧 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,620
    Yours is remarkably slug damage free @Dovefromabove :D
    Mine have got virtually no leaves at all. 

    There's one called Brilliant - but I think it's a bit paler than Autumn Joy.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,005
    It’s in the front border where the lupins and a hosta also seem to survive unscathed @Fairygirl ... I have found a big toad lurking in that bed a few times 😊 
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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,025
    Thanks everyone, and for the pic @Dovefromabove, it does look quite Autumn Joy-ish. Probably is that, as I don’t think there is a massive selection at mum’s local garden centre so it’s bound to be one fairly well-known. 
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