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This plant has appeared in my garden for the second year running. Similar to Japanese Knotweed in habit, it has pendulous flower structures purple in colour, with a small white flower at the end. The plant is now producing fruit very similar to small blackcurrants. 

Picture attached. Can anyone identify?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,953

    It is Himalyan honeysuckle - Leycestria Formosa.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Thanks very much. I gather the berries are edible. Has anyone tried them?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,864

    When I grew it I  let the birds have them image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    I have one of these in the garden, over 10 foot tall this year.  I've just looked on the internet about the berries, and apparently they are edible, and taste from figgy to burnt chocolate to caramel to toffee image

    Might try some tonight and see image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    I didn't know they were edible

    I'll let you try first Kezzaimage



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,864

    Kezza - please post tomorrow morning and let us know how you are .... I mean - what they tasted like .............. image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Oops, forgot to try them.  Will have some tonight, and let you all know tomorrow ......................image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,864

    When you didn't post this morning I feared the worst ............................. image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Hi all

    Well, I tried them ....................

    I've decided they taste like burnt figsimage

    First one ..... tasted nice image

    Second one .... not so sure image

    Third one .... tasted quite bitter image

    Fourth one .... (in the name of a science experiment for all mankind you understand) was disgusting and got spat outimage

    Fifth, and final one .... (just to definitely make sure, and complete the experiment) was totally disgusting, and got spat out too imageimageimage

     

    I'll leave them to the birdies.  Shame, coz the bush I've got is absolutely loaded with berries this year.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    Thanks for reporting in Kezzaimage Glad you survived.

    In my mushroom book some species are described as 'not poisonous',  not the same as edible. 

    I should think it it's the same for many garden berriesimage

     



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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