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What is this weed please

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Leaningtoweroflisa Fri 11-Apr-14 17:17:44

Hi expert gardeners - this started to pop up in my garden last year, didn't know if weed or not, grew and spread vigorously so decided it is a weed. Think it gets little purple flowers on it? It seems to form a clump of quite succulent stems and spread by root. It is quite fragile ie it breaks when I pull it out unless I get it when small.

Leaningtoweroflisa Fri 11-Apr-14 17:18:44

It's the one in the centre with purpley stems, I realise there are. A lot of weeds in this pic blush

hellymelly Fri 11-Apr-14 17:21:36

Oh I don't know what that is <helpful>. I don't have that in my garden, and it doesn't look like a familiar weed.

fenneltea Fri 11-Apr-14 17:52:57

It looks like spurge (euphorbia) to me, definitely a weed. smile

Leaningtoweroflisa Fri 11-Apr-14 17:56:25

I know - I've been googling British weeds and haven't found anything like it yet - it's not 'fir tree' like enough to be horsetail.

Here are two more pics for identification of it running rampant out in front garden / drive (again complete with more weeds...). One should show how it spreads, the other is a more mature plant.

Leaningtoweroflisa Fri 11-Apr-14 18:23:41

fenneltea, I don't think it's spurge - no hairy stems and no 'latex' sap in the stems? Leaves are less oval / pointier. Also very soft, not woody even when mature.

Bums. Naughty weird weed. Round-up coming up...

Gooner123 Fri 11-Apr-14 19:13:12

Looks like rosebay willow herb to me.

Gatekeeper Sat 13-Dec-14 07:18:37

I know this a an old thread but spotted it when I was looking for something else

You have a variety of purple toadflax there; I have it in the garden. It grows everywhere and also very happy growing in stone walls etc. Bees absolutely love it

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