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Identifying a dead shrub

I lost a shrub last year and would love another one. It was low and a bit woody, had feathery leaves and very small pink flowers in the spring and when pinched the leaves smelt of nutmeg,
can anyone recognise this?
thank you


  • AthelasAthelas CambridgeshirePosts: 690
    Any chance of an old photo?
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    edited April 2021
    Will take a guess at a flowering current - Ribes sanguineum 
    But on re-reading yoyr post i wouldnt describe the leaves as feathery.
    Was it evergreen or deciduous? 
  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 11,011
    I did think of spirea japonica, but l've never smelt the leaves! 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,143
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Thought of tamarisk @lyn but as it's a tree the 'low' description  made me discount it, but then a ribes isn't a low shrub either.
    Perhaps the OP will  reply or it might turn out to be a perennial like dicentra.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687
    Take a look at Diosma Ericoides. They are quite tender and need some winter protection if grown in cold areas in the UK.

  • Here is a photo in the plants hey day. A blurry close up of the leaves. I bought this in Cornwall, live on the Isle of Wight so very mild climate
    thanks to all for your help
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053
    A persicaria - Red Dragon?
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    It looks very like the shrub Borderline suggested.
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