Large purple flowered garden shrub in Japan

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  1. Saxbyp

    Saxbyp New Member

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    I live in Japan and my neighbour has a large, woody, deciduous, purple flowered shrub in his garden that attracts a lot of insects. It is now over 2 meters tall. It's multi-stemmed and definitely not a tree. He doesn't know what it is. I can't find an ID or anyone who knows what it is. I've never seen it growing wild, only in gardens. Here are some pics of a softwood cutting, and the flower form. Please help!
     

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    Yes!!! That looks like it. Thank you! I've seen it growing in a few places now, but no one seems to know a Japanese or western name for it. It's a great plant for butterflies and hawk moths!
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The Japanese name (according to Japanese wiki) is ルリマツリ

    You won't see it wild in Japan; it is native to South Africa.
     

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