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What’s this weed please?

Have had this weed coming up in the front garden but it’s now managed to migrate to the back garden. I know it’s a weed but not sure what it is. It comes up in clumps but very pernicious as seems to spread with runners. 


  • MarranMarran Posts: 187
    Wild geum :-)
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Yes, and you can call it a wild flower and leave it if you want.  If it’s not in the way of anything else you get some ground cover and a small but pretty flower.   Just don’t let it seed.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233
    PITA. Wild geum or avens. if you pull it , usually the stump gets left and it regrows. Better to slice it through the roots with a bread knife or asparagus knife.
  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484
    Thanks chaps. In the front it has taken up residence on the gravel bed which below the gravel is weed membrane, so it is very easy to pull up as the whole root systems comes up too. Who said weed membrane stops weeds. Might stop them coming up burn doesn’t  stop those blown in by the wind.  Only got a
    small patch in the back garden and just pulled most of it up.  One larger plant did snap leaving the roots but I’ve got that now. Thanks for advice. Will keep it in check.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,422
    I use a paint scraper
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    If it’s easy to pull up it’s self sown on the top of the weed suppressant, in the ground they are beasts to get up. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,991
    Geum urbanum, nice plant in the wild but declared a pest in my garden. Very hard to get rid of once it's started seeding all over the place.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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