Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am not certain what kind of plant you have. It is possible you have a plant that is being parasitized by dodder, if there are strings hanging on it. Here is a photo and description of that.
Otherwise, you might take a photo to your local nursery and see if they can identify it for you. There is a zip code based dealer locator at the Monrovia web site to help with contact information.
I'm sorry I can't be more specific for you. I hope you find out what your plant is.
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