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Can anyone please identify this weed which is over-running my flower beds

This weed is over-running my flower beds and is proving difficult to control/ eliminate. I am reluctant to spray with glyphosate as it will no doubt kill off anything else that is in the border.

Can anyone help me to identify this curse and, better still, recommend how I can get rid of it once and for all without killing off everything else in the bed??

HELP me please???

Many thanks 
Alan


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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    Does it smell?  Looks like one of the mint family, maybe pennyroyal, in which case its roots won't go very deep and can be pulled up easily when the soil is damp.  

    Constant vigilance for new shoots from any left behind will clear it.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    edited March 2020
    Mind Your Own Business!  I'm not being rude, that's  what that pesky plant is called.  It sometimes goes by the common name of helxine, but I like its lyrical botanical name:  Soleirolio soleiroliae.  Hoe it.  Hoe it again.  Keep hoeing it. Not easy when you have desirable plants growing through it.  Any chance you could dig your plants out and keep them in pots for a season or two so you can attack the weed more vigorously?
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,511
    I've seen it for sale in garden centres!
    Looking out for bindweed - vigorous climber- attractive white flowers - good for pollinators😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • SueG1SueG1 Posts: 30
    josusa47 said:
    Mind Your Own Business!  I'm not being rude, that's  what that pesky plant is called.  It sometimes goes by the common name of helxine, but I like its lyrical botanical name:  Soleirolio soleiroliae.  Hoe it.  Hoe it again.  Keep hoeing it. Not easy when you have desirable plants growing through it.  Any chance you could dig your plants out and keep them in pots for a season or two so you can attack the weed more vigorously?
    Josusa47 is right, and it's a real pain, as he says you would be best digging out your plants first and then having a go at it, dig it out and keep digging it out as the tiniest bit will re-grow. It's taken me about 3 years to completely get rid of mine!

  • WilderbeastWilderbeast East YorkshirePosts: 1,312
    We have it and it grows very fast and can be a pain but looks quite nice at the front of the house and I just grab handfuls out when it gets a bit rampant
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,925
    It can be a nuisance, wonder if you can eat it, it’s such a lovely colour. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I don't know what it is, but it is looks interesting
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349
    I'd second Mind y.o.b.
    That describes it quite well too - a yob  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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