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Sorry no photo available - no camera with me when I saw this plant. 

Has upright/vertical quite narrow grass-type leaf growth, and what appear at first sight to be seed-heads but which develop into bell-shaped flowers,  hanging down at intervals from the stem.  Bright pink flowers, similar in size and shape to those of a foxglove.

Overall height of leaf growth approx. 3ft - thin and very flexible flowering stems an additional 2ft in height.  The flowers hang individually from small stems approx. 3 inches long.  Several flowers on each of the long  (flowering) stems.  . 

Looks amazing when blowing about in the breeze!  Never seen anything like it - not even in a book - the garden where I saw this plant is very overgrown, but because of the existing plants it was obviously created by a keen gardener. Within the garden itself is very long-established Chilean Pine tree - the largest I've ever seen.

Anybody got any ideas about this mystery plant?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,007

    Dierama - aka Angel's fishing rods?

    Not a fan of monkey puzzle trees but that's because they're usually planted in completely the wrong place, like a front garden in front of a window.   Expect they look quite good in a large space.

    Last edited: 04 August 2016 21:22:57

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415

    that would be my guess as well, dierama.

    I like Chilean pine even less than obelixx does



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Gosh that was quick!  Thank you both.  Is it hard to maintain - or are there other reasons why it's something relatively unusual, round here at least?

    The Monkey Puzzle in this particular place is planted quite some distance from the house and can't be seen from any of the windows!  I rather like it in that particular (large and walled) garden.

    Thank again!      HCF

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,007

    They can take several years from sowing to flowering and resent disturbance and the seed need to be sown fresh and kept frost free for good results.   I didn't know this when I sowed seed a few years ago and most of the babies died off after being pricked out and the rest didn't survive winter.    

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks again Obs - looks like a bit of a challenge, and I bet the bunnies probably like the taste too............oh well, something to try one day when I move to another house!

    Last edited: 04 August 2016 21:55:43

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,007

    Me too.  They are gorgeous plants and I'm off to a new garden soon but need to wait and see if there are rabbits and what winters are like.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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