Plant ID forum: Please help identify this plant ...

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Jan 18, 2017 2:44 PM CST
its got long stems and then it did have purple flower type things on it which have now turned brown due to the winter. I live in England, Midlands. It looks like there is new growth at the base but not sure whether I need to cut stems right back to the ground or not.

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Name: Porkpal
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Jan 18, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Do the leaves down at the base belong to the plant in question?
Name: Sue
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Jan 18, 2017 3:35 PM CST
It looks herbaceous to me so it probably could be cut to the ground but if you want to play safe just leave it until spring and see what it does then. I wonder if it is some kind of aster, at what time of year did it flower and were the flowers like little purple daisies?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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Jan 18, 2017 3:53 PM CST Admin

It makes me think of Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

Jan 18, 2017 4:55 PM CST
I am not sure that it is Pye Weed as as they didn't have a full body of leaves like they do and the colour of the leaves/flower was a really deep purple that appeared in the autumn. I am not 100% sure if the new growth is the plant in question but it looks like it. The flowers weren't like purple daises, they weren't flowers as such, they looked liked purple spikes/leaves. However, I have got a bush type plant that did have purple like flower daisies on and I am not sure what they are either, or whether to cut them all back as they too are all brown now.

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