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CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,403
I thought this was honesty so let it grow in this shady spot where not much else is happy - apart from the Solomon's Seal you can see in the pic.  Now I have Honesty out elsewhere i can see it's larger and hairier.  It spreads quickly rooting along the way.  Before I pull it up, anyone know what it is?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,601
    depends upon your point of view. When does a wild flower become a weed? 
    It's a form of lamium ( dead nettle ) it spreads rapidly by underground stems, I'd have it out ASAP before it spreads any further.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,003
    We have lots of it, I dont particualrly mind it and just pull it out when it is where I dont want it to be, but it is fairly invasive so if wildflowers arent your thing its probably best to deal with it sooner rather than later 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,366
    edited April 2019
    Looks to me like Stachys sylvatica aka Hedge woundwort ... to its leaves smell acrid when crushed?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • AsarumAsarum East AngliaPosts: 567
    It’s Stacey’s sylvatica, or Hedge Woundwort. A wild flower. It has quite pretty purple flowers but a strange smell.  I used to leave it in my previous large wild garden. 
    East Anglia
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,366
    Snap! Asarum 😊 

    Dontcha just love auto-correct 🤣 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,891
    I would have this everywhere if I did it keep on top of it, it’s everywhere, as soon as I go out there I can smell it, I think it stinks,  can smell it from a mile away! 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,601
    I stand corrected. I'd always thought it was a lamium, oops. Soz!!
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,403
    Thanks for the ID, having looked it up I've got it in a few places but caught it before letting it flower.  Shame it isn't Honesty but maybe I'll manage it rather than obliterating it since it's in a spot next to path.  I like to see wild flowers but if it outgrows it's welcome ... ! 😉
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