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Is this a type of mares tail?  It has just started popping up within an area about a metre square in my flower border and it has grown very quickly.  It is already 8 inches tall and there are other buds appearing nearby.  Do I need to act fast to eradicate it?  Thanks in advance.

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    Doesn't look like marestail.
    A photo of the plant in situ would help get an accurate ID.  The one above gives no idea of scale or growth habit.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470
    It looks like a phlox shoot. Can we see a photo of the whole plant?
  • sajasaja Posts: 5
    There are shoots popping up all over this area, some coming through other plants.  
    I pulled some up which was easy and have attached a photo of the roots.  They range from just poking through to about 8 inches at the moment.



  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    It might be euphorbia, have you had any in that area before?
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845
    Actually no, the root doesn’t look like euphorbis
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • sajasaja Posts: 5
    I think I will keep one or two and see what happens.  Hopefully it’ll be something nice.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,933
    platycodon?
    Utah, USA.
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    rosebay willowherb or similar?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,315
    rosebay willowherb or similar?
    that was my thought.
    Devon.
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