Is this a weed?

SplandySplandy Posts: 125
Is it a weed or just a ground cover plant? Thanks.
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  • SplandySplandy Posts: 125
    Oops, hang on, picture isn't visible!
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,118
    That looks like Gallium odoratum aka Sweet Woodruff , an essential ingredient of the German spring punch called Maibowle and jellies and other sweet dishes.

    Good in dry shade ... can spread a bit but is easily controlled
     
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • SplandySplandy Posts: 125
    Thank you. And are the smaller, darker green plants to the right of the photo just new shoots of this plant?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,118
    Can’t see them very clearly but yes, I think so. 

    Itll have pretty little white flowers later on. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,057
    Good in dry shade ... can spread a bit but is easily controlled
     
    Not on heavy clay it can't! At least we never managed it :(
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,000
    It's beginning to spread. And yes, the smaller green small ones on the right in your photo are new shoots. Watch them out!
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,118
    MIL grows it on lovely black fenland peaty loam and as I said, it spreads but not uncontrollably. 

    We have it under a large ash tree on freedraining gritty loam it’s been there 4/5 years and while the clump is spreading gently I’ve not had to weed any out yet. 


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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,561
    I have cleavers as a weed and it looks like that. It grows rapidly and smothers plants if I don't get it out fast enough.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Mike AllenMike Allen Posts: 46
    Botanically it's a plant.  To most gardeners it's a pest, a weed.  Get rid of it.
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