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Is this a weed?

WichardWichard Posts: 2

I've been inandated with Chickweed and another so called pest/weed in my garden, tubs, urns this year.

I would be grateful if you could possibly identify this plant (weed).  It has become a nusiance pic enclosed.

Thank you kindly



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Oxalis corniculata aka creeping wood sorrel.  It can become a real nuisance and is difficult to control, unfortunately.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 568

    Yes, weedkillers are no use because it forms bulblets in the soil and these will resprout even if the plant is defoliated. It is related to clover. The only solution is to dig it up, but you need to go deep and wide to get all the little peskies. Do it now as it seeds and spreads like wildfire. Throw everything into a bucket and then onto the bonfire. A major infestation is almost ineradicable. Good luck. Ian.

    Last edited: 21 August 2017 01:44:05

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  • B3B3 Posts: 27,025

    I treat them like bluebells; pull out or hoe the leaves when you see them and forget about them when you don't. 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WichardWichard Posts: 2

    Thank you all for confirming this infestation.  I've got my work cut out for me. Plenty of hoeing, pulling and mulching.

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527

    I have this in my garden and I quite like it! It pops up in pots,cracks in paving etc but I never seem to be 'infested' with it.It is such a pretty little plant with its bright yellow flowers.

    We spend loads of money on plants that need special attention but try and get rid of the ones that find their own perfect places!

    This is a 'weed' that I can live with! image

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Chickweed is edible, you cook it like spinach, briefly in very little water.  Not now of course, when it's on the way out, but when it's just started flowering.  Never tried it myself.

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