Solved Pink spear flowered plant

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  1. Berberis Artista

    Berberis Artista Apprentice Gardener

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    I have had this pink spear flowered plant growing in my garden for the last ten years. It is very strong growing and resilient to drought. I want to know what it is. I lost the label shortly after I planted it. This is a photo of a sucker that grew out last year:
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    It could be one of the Rodgersia family maybe pinnata ?
     
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    If you click the blue link it will go to the photo.

    Don't know what is happening with images on here. I used the image button and it just appears with a cross through it so edited the post to include a link ...
     
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    No. The stems have leaves all the way up right to the flower.
     
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    Thanks. The flower had gone over a bit by the time I took the photo. They are at their height in June and early July. But you get the idea ...
     
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    Is is a shrub then as the stem look woody.?
     
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    About a metre and a bit high. The photo is of a sucker. The plant starts from a small clump of stems like this and gets bigger and bigger as the years go on. The ten year old one is about 40cm across. I took a photo but it didn't come out well.
     
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    It's a long shot, but what about pink Buddleia? The leaves look just a bit too alternate, though.
     
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    Then I would say Budleia or Spiarea myself then..
     
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    Yes definitely a Spiraea Douglasii. I grow it. Not a favourite but useful for late flowering. Best if pruned hard in spring as flowers on new wood.
     
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    Yes, it is Spiraea douglasi. Whoever wrote it down as "invasive" is being rather harsh. Mine has been sitting there nicely for ten years just the clump getting bigger. It was only last year it made its first sucker.
     

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