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Lt13_Lt13_ Posts: 6
Hi, new to the gardening world. I watch monty religiously but ALWAYS have questions I can’t get answered. Please can anyone tell me what this is? We were given it at BBC country file last August & I don’t have a clue what it is & if I should be worried about it ‘taking over’.
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    It looks very like stinging nettle, only minus the stinging hairs.  I'd guess it's one the Lamium genus, commonly known as deadnettles.  Has it flowered? A pic of the flowers would enable a closer ID.

  • Lt13_Lt13_ Posts: 6
    josusa47 said:
    It looks very like stinging nettle, only minus the stinging hairs.  I'd guess it's one the Lamium genus, commonly known as deadnettles.  Has it flowered? A pic of the flowers would enable a closer ID.

    Thanks for the reply! It’s soft to touch & no flowers (yet) it’s grown pretty rapid, i have searched Google but no further forward. I will search dead nettles for info. It smells lovely, but I do not want it to be in my border if it’s invasive. Cheers, Laura
  • pincushionpincushion Posts: 69
    Are the stems soft or hard, looks like a yellow flowering weed that i have here
  • Lt13_Lt13_ Posts: 6
    Are the stems soft or hard, looks like a yellow flowering weed that i have here
    Very soft. It hasn’t flowered but I think there are some buds on there. If it’s a weed should I be getting it out?
  • Lt13_Lt13_ Posts: 6
    Does it smell like celery?
    It has a citrus smell, it’s not causing me a problem right now. I just don’t want it to take over my border
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,003
    Wait till it flowers and see if you like it.  Then you can decide whether it's a keeper or a weed to be hoiked out.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lt13_Lt13_ Posts: 6
    That’s actually very pretty, it smells lovely & at the moment isn’t causing any harm, but I don’t want to leave it if it’s going to take over the whole planter. What is yours like next to other plants ?
  • Lt13_Lt13_ Posts: 6
    Obelixx said:
    Wait till it flowers and see if you like it.  Then you can decide whether it's a keeper or a weed to be hoiked out.
    That’s probably the best idea. Thank you for your reply! There is so much to learn. This is our first garden.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,003
    Loads of fun to come then.  If it is white dead nettle you may want to keep it but also keep an eye to stop it from spreading further than you'd like.   It also indicates a good, fertile soil and will add nutrients to your compost heap so win-win either way.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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