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What is this growing through my garden wall

Can anyone tell me what this is growing through our old garden wall which is crumbling and deteriorating in parts.  We moved in last August and the previous owners had pulled the plant growing through the wall out but with sprig coming it has come back.  I'm wanting to know do I need to be pulling it out again to prevent further damage to the wall or can I leave it. The latter being my prefferpr option as I would like to cover the wall.


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,036
    Ivy leaved toadflax. A lovely little plant.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,038
    Leave it, I don't think it will cause much if any damage to the wall. However if any parts of the wall are seriously deteriorating watch them closely and re-point if necessary with matching mortar.

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,434
    Seeds all over the place but easy to pull out if you want to.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • We have this too, but I never knew the name - thanks Wild edges
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 624
    I always think all types of toadflax are weeds but some are so pretty that I leave them. I guess it depends on the definition of a weed.  Fortunately beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 865
    We have this too, but I never knew the name - thanks Wild edges
    Me too! 
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,434
    Purple toadflax is one of my favourite plants.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 599
    There is a white flowered one as well, which I introduced to my garden deliberately. 
    East Anglia
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,434
    I tried but it disappeared 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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