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May 16, 2011 5:40 PM

Help with a thorny plant


Newbie here, but I have been trying to identify this for ages.  I know it is a RED ADMIRAL, but please, what is the plant?  Very fragrant, very thorny and I am sure not a native of Britain.

Taken in the Golden Acre gardens in Leeds.



Thanks in advance


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    May 16, 2011 5:50 PM (in response to Madwolf)
    Re: Help with a thorny plant

    Hi Colin,

    your plant is Colletia armata - its a member of the Rhamnaceae which I believe is native to Chile. It is not commonly cultivated but several nurseries (particularly those based down in the milder SW) sell it. Its relative C. cruciata is equally impressively armed and both make for talking points - and hedges that you wouldn't mess with!


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