Q What is this strange-look­ing pur­ple plant?

Mar­garet Michael, Tor­faen

Gardeners' World - - Q & A -

A MATT SAYS This is the de­cid­u­ous shrub Hi­malayan honey­suckle ( Leyces­te­ria for­mosa). It is a na­tive of western China and eastern Ti­bet, and thrives in rich soil and sun­shine. Its hang­ing clus­ters of white flow­ers have pur­ple bracts and are fol­lowed by dark-pur­ple fruits (as above). Birds, es­pe­cially pheas­ants, are very fond of these berries, hence its al­ter­na­tive name of pheas­ant berry.

Birds are at­tracted to the fruits of the pheas­ant berry

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