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What is this plant with purple flowers ?

chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,280


Does anyone know what this plant is ?  And if so, is it hardy ?  I saw it in a pot in a walled courtyard (in Oxford) - as you can see, it had a pretty substantial stem/trunk.

Many thanks


  • Hi sue,

    It's possibly some sort of periwinkle but I'm happy to be corrected, there are far more knowledgable people on this forum than me!image I've never seen a periwinkle with a trunk though.... it's a very pretty plant I'll be interested to find out what it is too!

    Try the RHS plant finder, there's enough info on the pages for each plant to work out if it's hardy or not.

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Hello Sue - My first thought was that your lovely plant could be an Abutilon of some kind but I may be wrong image

    Pam LL x

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    It looks very much like solanum rantonnetii to me. But I may be wrong...
  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    No, you're right Figrat; it is a Solanum rantonnetii.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,280

    Brilliant - many thanks for your answers

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    Yes,  I agree. Often sold as a house plant in M&S but can grow into big bush.  Seems to be hardy in London in a sheltered postion and flowers well. Mine is about 3ft tall, my niece's over 5ft - both flower well in late summer though I always think mine is dead in May as they are such slow starters - they make up for it though at this time of year. image

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