Can anyone identify this plant please? It is growing around some of my shrubs. I rather like the look of them so am happy to leave them alone unless they are very invasive or harmful to the shrubs?
It looks like one of the bindweeds probably field bindweed.
There's a similar one growing in a garden around the corner from me - it does look lovely, but it is an aggressive plant and not easy to get rid of.
Leaving even a tiny bit of root will cause it to shoot up again, and if you let it go to seed there will be masses of them.
Several treatments of glyphosphate (e.g. Roundup) whilst it is still growing should kill it.
Unless you want to keep it of course - whether it's a weed or not is up to you
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I agree with
It is Field Bindweed and a real nuisance in most gardens.
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