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Another help with identification

I'm going for Perennial because it keeps growing again!

Anyone able to assist with what it is? The main reason I ask is because it grows up to about 5-6ft tall, and then obviously gets top heavy, falls over, I cut it all down to the base and then it starts over again. This last trim I only trimmed it to about 12 inchs vs 3-4 inchs to see if maybe that would help the base be stronger, it has lovely red leaves (although the bottom ones seem to turn out green) and has small white flowers (many small flowers on a single head).

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I'll guess Purple-leaved Sand Cherry. Grows to about 7 or 8 feet tall if not pruned. Produces pink blossoms, but no fruit ... at least none I've heard of or observed. (That's just a wild stab at an ID, though. It easily could be something else. ;) )
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Hmm, not sure about that, the Purple Leaved Sand Cherry seems to be more tree like than this, this seems more like bamboo or something (large number of stems growing up from the ground, each just has leaves on it, not real branch like structures).

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Is it soft, not woody, more vine like?

Could be purple heart (aka purple queen, aka purple wandering jew, etc)

https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/28602/

the color didn't come through in that photo, kind of grayed out, but it really is the deep reddish purple of your picture.
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It's not what I'd call vinelike (but then again I'm not an expert) it's semi-woody, not sure what I'd equate it to, when I cut it it's similar in structure to Zuchinni (hollow middle) as I said, it holds it's own until it gets to about 5-6ft tall, and then just flops down after that when I think it gets too much weight at the top.

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I'm not defending my own guess, but I don't think the pattern of the veins in the leaves matches that of the plant Rainbow suggested. To me, they appear to run more diagonally from the center vein, while the veins in the purple heart seem to run more the length of the leaf. (If that makes any sense at all. :roll: )
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OK... I didn't get the 5-6 feet tall part. DEFINITELY not wandering jew, which is low and sprawly....
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:lol: And I totally missed the bit about the white flowers, which means my guess is totally wrong. :lol:
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Guess it'll remain a mystery for a bit then, thanks for all the tries, just wondering how I should be looking after it, but so far cutting it down to base when it gets to big hasn't killed it, so I'll see what happens. When it next gets too big I'll try to get a few more better photos to maybe make it easier to see.

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take a leaf into the local nursery, chances are they sell it, know what it is, or know what it almost is.
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I don't know what it is but it IS pretty. White flowers sound like a great contrast. Great garden accent. Does it spread unreasonably?

The fact that it flops seems to indicate an ornamental plant that needs staking and other coddling or that it's growing in a location that is not getting enough sun or in a too sheltered location with insufficient wind buffeting to strengthen it?

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My dad has one of these plants growing in a pot, he calls it a purple heart.

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Iresine?

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Desirai wrote:My dad has one of these plants growing in a pot, he calls it a purple heart.
purple heart is another name for what I suggested, the purple wandering jew. But that was before I saw the part about it gets 5-6 ' tall. The picture doesn't look like that...

Iresine is another low sprawly plant.

Arla, you may have to help us out a bit here. You posted a picture of what looks like a low sprawly plant, so you are getting guesses like that. But you said it gets 5-6' tall. Do you have any pictures of it looking tall? I'm not quite getting that idea...
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