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Anyone know if these are weeds or not?

Hi, novice gardener with young borders and I hope someone might be able to identify if these are the start of weeds or potentially a plant that has self seeded and it would be worth teasing them out to separate? 

You've helped me before to identify pesky weeds which was very appreciated. Hope you can help me again. 


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,593
    Rosebay willow herb, weed, get rid, soon as.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,126
    Pics 1 & 2 look like willowherb to me - which most would consider a weed.
    Cant really see pic 3, but it looks similar too

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  • You guys are fast! thanks for the suggestion, all three were the same patch and looking online it does look a match....

    Another weeding job for the weekend....
    Many thanks
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,350
    They appear as annuals and perennials @richard.bracek. Those are the perennials.
    As long as you don't let them set seed after flowering, they're relatively easy to keep on top of with a hoe or similar.
    The annuals don't form a rosette of foliage, but they quickly have a stem with little pinky/purple flower buds. You'll probably get some of those later in the year  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710
    they come away from the soil easily with a little fork or trowel, but have an annoying tendency to snap off if you try to just pull them out
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