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turmericturmeric Posts: 830
Good evening everyone.  Unfortunately I don't have a photo but I wondered if anyone can ID a plant for me.  I cut it back today for a friend.  It had grown to about 3ft, the stems are deep red with ridges up them like bamboo.  The leaves last summer were red with a lighter pink middle and the flowers were a bit like elderflowers if I remember correctly (but I could be wrong on the flowers as I don't pass her garden often).  I want to say physocarpus but I know it isn't that as that's a shrub but maybe the name is similar and that's why I keep thinking physocarpus?  This plant is definitely herbaceous.  The new growth was just appearing this morning, deep red.  Please help with any suggestions so I can start looking them up. It's driving me crazy! Thanks.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286
    edited March 2021
    just a guess - sambucus nigra Black Lace? one of the cultivated elders

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  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,409
    What sort of shape were the leaves? Maybe an umbellifer? Angelica gigas?
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,937
    Angeliga gigas usually dies after flowering, so unlikely to be coming into growth.
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  • turmericturmeric Posts: 830
    I think I've just found it, Persicaria microcephala.  Thanks Pete and pitter-patter for your quick responses though. :)
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,417
    edited March 2021
    I was going to suggest Persicaria Red Dragon. Mine are just starting into growth.
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  • turmericturmeric Posts: 830
    Thanks JennyJ, I agree, Persicaria (probably Red Dragon or similar). Many thanks.

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