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Question: I recently moved and the previous occupants loved to garden. One bush/tree that I have come to really enjoy is beside our patio, but I haven't been able to confirm the name. I was told that it was a Popcorn tree/bush but in reading the description you gave to an earlier question it doesn't quite fit.

This particular "bush" was cut down to ground level in January. It is now June and it is over 6 feet tall. The leaves look like giant maple leaves (5 points but larger than even my husband's palm). The blooms come from pods and when the first "pop" open the 3 inch bloom is white. As it ages (generally over a 12 hour period) it turn a bright hot pink (fuschia) color.

I would love to know what this plant is called. We'll be moving to another duty station is this is one plant I'd like to have again. Is this a type of Popcorn bush/tree? If not what is it?

Answer: Without seeing the flowers, I'm going to guess that it's Plagiobothrys nothofulvus. This is commonly called popcorn flower and it's a member of the Borage family so it will grow almost anywhere. Hope this helps!

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