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Can someone identify this plant/weed please

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Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 15:46:39

I didn't get around to mowing the lawn last week and this is coming up absolutely everywhere. sad

gatewalker Fri 17-Jul-15 16:08:30

I'm hoping it's not ground elder ... I've not seen red tinges to elder leaves, though, and the serrations don't like quite so marked.

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 16:12:17

I don't think it's ground elder, no - I've got that too!

Mrsmorton Fri 17-Jul-15 16:13:28

Do you have a sycamore tree?

gatewalker Fri 17-Jul-15 16:13:33

You've got ground elder? It was the bane of my life. wine

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 16:20:50

No sycamore tree, MrsM, although a long time ago we did have something in a border that used to send up plantlets a bit like this. Not sure that it's the same thing this time though because this has only appeared this year out of the blue.

Ground elder is definitely the devil's spawn, gatewalker.

aircooled Fri 17-Jul-15 16:47:11

Are these growing in a line? I get something similar which seem to be shoots along an old (fruit?) tree root that just won't die.

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 16:50:49

Not in a line, no - randomly scattered over quite a wide area (around 15 square metres.)

CuttedUpPear Fri 17-Jul-15 16:52:00

Checking in so I can look on my laptop. ..

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 16:53:36

Thanks - I've been Googling everything I can think of for nearly two hours!

TheMoonOnAStick15 Fri 17-Jul-15 16:57:08

There's a v good App called PlantSnapp. You send them a photo and they ID your plant for you.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Fri 17-Jul-15 17:00:50

Red Barrenwort?

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 17:01:56

Unfortunately I wouldn't know how to use an App even if my life depended on it. blush

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 17:03:42

hell, thanks, but no - the leaves aren't heart-shaped like Red Barrenwort - they are more linear and the edges are slightly jagged.

CuttedUpPear Fri 17-Jul-15 17:11:20

Have you got any pics of the flowers?

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 17:14:33

There aren't any flowers (yet ...), just lots and lots of little plantlets all over the lawn. None in the borders though, which is odd.

Mouthfulofquiz Fri 17-Jul-15 17:20:37

Whatever it is, I have it too. Just been outside with your picture!

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 17:22:47

Yikes, Quiz! Day of the Triffids, anyone? grin

SugarPlumTree Fri 17-Jul-15 17:26:45

Looks a small bit like the baby Hypericum plants I have popping up places but looking on a phone so can't see well.

Waltons Fri 17-Jul-15 17:30:18

Not Hypericum either, Sugar. There's one of those nearby, but very different.

Need to pop out for short while but will try to upload some more pics when I get back to see if they help.

PurpleWithRed Fri 17-Jul-15 17:30:38

What happens if you try to pull it up? Does it come up easily? Do you have anything at all like it growing nearby? I'd just mow over it to be honest, mowing kills off pretty much everything except the usual suspects like daisies and dandelions.

boobybum Fri 17-Jul-15 17:32:00

Japanese knotweed?

shovetheholly Fri 17-Jul-15 17:32:59

I think I know what these are, but I can't think of the name! It will come to me!! They form an arching plant about 1.5m high, which flowers in the autumn with hop-like dark pink flowers.... and they selfseed everywhere!

aircooled Fri 17-Jul-15 17:39:35

Do you mean Leycesteria shove?

shovetheholly Fri 17-Jul-15 17:45:24


Oh my God, thank you so much aircooled, I was going completely mad there! grin I owe you a glass of wine

I was frantically googling thinking 'I'm sure it has the word 'Chinese' in the popular name'. Of course, it's Himalayan honeysuckle.

Anyway, I think it might be that. What do you reckon? One landed in my garden a couple of years ago, and every spring I have dozens of the things all over the place!

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