What plant is this?

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  1. derek

    derek Junior Member

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    Hi all,

    We have a plant growing in our suburban Melbourne backyard. I'm not sure what it is or where it came from.

    The plant grows very tall, around three metres high. It has a bamboo-like stem and, at the top of the stem, it has bunches of large pale purple/pink flowers. It dies down over summer and it flowering now (late autumn). There are some pictures below.

    Can anyone help identify this plant? I like it but want to make sure it isn't going to become invasive.

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    Thanks for your help,

    Derek
     
  2. Plumtree

    Plumtree Junior Member

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    It is a Tree Dahlia, Dahlia Imperialis. Not a weed by any means!
     
  3. arawajo

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    it looks lovely - i want one!
     
  4. derek

    derek Junior Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the reply plumtree - now I know. Much appreciated.

    And arawajo - if you live somewhere around Melbourne I could drop you off a section of the stem. Apparently this is all you need to generate a new plant.
     
  5. Michaelangelica

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    Any suggestions?
     
  6. sweetpea

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    that's beautiful! Do you have to cut it back?
     
  7. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    No, A friend wants an identification
    best guess so far is Acacia pravissima/Ovens Wattle.
     
  8. Grasshopper

    Grasshopper Senior Member

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    Just cut a 30 CM length and lay it on the ground
    I grew a few 20 odd years ago.
     
  9. S.O.P

    S.O.P Moderator

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    I would of said pravissima, I collected a sample (and seed) a while ago and had it identified as such. But, during that ID, there were 1 or 2 others that were very close.

    Any close ups of the leaves?
     

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