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Please help identify plant!!!

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Liz09-Sep-02 11:41 AM EST 6a   
Nancy09-Sep-02 03:28 PM EST 5b   
Budding Poet10-Sep-02 10:58 AM EST 5a   
Susan10-Sep-02 03:53 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Please help identify plant!!!
From: Liz
Zone: 6a
Date: 09-Sep-02 11:41 AM EST


I went to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto last week and in the garden area at the main entrance, there is the most gorgeous plant I have ever seen. It is approx. 3-1/2 to 4' tall with "wine" coloured leaves and flower (draping). Has anyone ever seen this plant and can advise me what it is called. I would love to plant one in my garden next spring.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Subject: RE: Please help identify plant!!!
From: Nancy
Zone: 5b
Date: 09-Sep-02 03:28 PM EST

Could it be Agapanthus?

Subject: RE: Please help identify plant!!!
From: Budding Poet (
Zone: 5a
Date: 10-Sep-02 10:58 AM EST


Could this be Cimicifuga “Brunette”, a great dark purple foliage plant with leaves resembling those of Astilbe. It grows to about four feet? This is a hardy to zone 3, shade perennial, that prefers a rich, humus soil. Here, drooping(drape?) white flower spikes appear in mid August. As they mature they elongate, straighten up a bit and enhance your autumn garden not just with their beauty but also with their incredible fragrance.

Whether or not this is the baby you are looking for, it is certainly an outstanding plant, worthy of a good spot in you garden

Subject: RE: Please help identify plant!!!
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Sep-02 03:53 PM EST

I wonder if Nancy meant Amaranthus or Love-lies-bleeding...? That's what came to my mind immediately from the description of wine colored draping (drooping?) flowers. I think some of the varieties have colored foliage but there is a picture of one with green foliage showing the unusual flowers at:

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