Identification: "Kusamono"

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  1. AlainK

    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi everyone, salut tout le monde,

    I was given this plant by a "bonsai friend" who uses it as a companion plant for an Autumn display of his big bonsai, but he couldn't remember where it got it from and what it's called.

    The leaves are green but take these beautiful colours in Autumn. The plant is hardy here (USDA zone 8-9).

    Here's what it looks like today :

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    Thanks for your help.

    AK
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Intriguing. I wonder if it is some sort of saxifrage. I've been looking through some obscure Mukdenia, but nothing quite right so far.
     
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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    From other suggestions on other forums, it seems to be a good guess. I searched for pics of various saxifrages on the web, couldn't find one that really matched the one I have, but It could be.

    It's never flowered so far, flowers are the best way to identify a species.

    Thanks for your input Daniel.
     
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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Thanks Nik, I think you've got it right !
     
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    The thanks go to Daniel, I would have never guessed it myself.
     
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    Right, sorry : thanks Daniel !
     
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    Final ID : my friend found back the tag, it's Mukdenia rossii 'Crimson Fans'.
     
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