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Please help to identify these 2 from San Francisco

Hi There

My uncle has these two plants growing in his new garden in San Francisco and wonders what they are. Is the white flowered one an Australian bottlebrush plant ?

Thanks for your help.


  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 570
    edited 14 April
    The first one looks like spiderwort ‘Sweet Kate’

    The second one might be a fothergilla
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,318
    1st one looks like Tradescantia virginiana.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
    Thanks both for the very quick responses, if anyone else has any other ideas then do let me know !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,459
    I can confirm the first as Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' ... I have it growing in my garden. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

    H Dove from above. Thanks for identifying that- my uncle in the USA says a BIG thank you :) Good to know it grows here too as I want some !
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,156
    I agree it's a tradescanthia but don't know which one.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
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