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Leycesteria formosa - 'Purple Rain' (Leycesteria, Himalayan Honeysucke)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Leycesteria formosa Description

This leycesteria produces masses of racemes of purple blossom in mid summer, followed by attractive ruby purple berries which will last into the autumn and winter months.


Leycesteria formosa - Cultivation Notes

This fast growing shrub will flourish on most soil types, even really troublesome soils like chalk and clay. This golden form will require full sun to be be at its best but it will tolerate part sun. Prune out excessive thick or weak stems in late winter and mulch every 3 years to improve soil fertility.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Leycesteria formosa:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Leycesteria formosa

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Leycesteria formosa:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Leycisteria, Laycestaria, Leycesterea, Laycisterea

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