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Please can someone help me! I had this large bush in my garden with large purple flowers on it a bit like a thistle. We dug it out last year and now we have tons of shoots popping up all over the area that it was and a bit further with the same leaves. Ive tried weedkillers and digging it out but it seems to have quite tubular roots which break easily and must be so deep as ive practicallg dug up the entire area! Please can someone tell me what it is and how to get rid! 
Thank you!!


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,215
    Acanthus mollis. A real problem to get rid. Weed killer and patience.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,364
    Is it mollis or spinosus, leaves look quite jagged to me?
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,276
    Looks likeAcanthus  spinosus to me. However to eradicate either is the same. Paint the leaves with glyphosate gel stick, so that it goes down to the roots. As it is propagated by root cutting, forking it out rarely works as even a little bit of root left becomes a new plant.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,647
    Doesn't matter.  Either way it's a pig to dig out and will keep coming back.  Constant vigilance needed.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • Nope, just googled both of those suggestions and it definitely wasnt them, my husband likened it to a cardoon more if thats how its spelt. The flower head looks like a giant thistle head like a pineapple size. I shall continue with the gel weedkiller i bought then...dont seem very successful when digging at all, seems to just sprout more as you say...
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,276
    Globe artichoke?
  • Yes! That actually could be it! Sooo just to work out how to destroy it now! Thank you!
  • ju1i3ju1i3 Posts: 189
    Why would you want to? They're great and drought-tolerant; perfect for the recent weather.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,306
    I still need convincing that's a Globe Artichoke

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Theyre just not something i want in my garden, theyre taking over and were, to begin with, at the front of my borders taking up loads of space.  
    Nut cutlet, youre not going to get much proof since i dont intend on letting them grow much bigger anymore!! 
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