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Hi all - just wondering if anyone can identify this, I am assuming it’s a weed as it is everywhere at the moment and if anyone has any tips on controlling it or it’s used I would be grateful. Thanks.


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,337
    I think it’s called Hairy Bittercress, it covers here, I spend a lot of time pulling it out before it Seeds, touch the pods and it sends seed for about a mile, so it seems 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,808
    A picture in focus would help.   
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,158
    It does look like hairy bittercress, have a look here @Thomas.Rhea1 and see if this information helps
    Is the base of it like a rosette shape ?
  • Yes it seems you are right it’s hairy bittercress, looks like I have a nightmare on my hands to get rid of it. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,105
    I get loads of it too. As weeds go it's not too bad. The roots don't go down deep and it's easy to pull up when you see it.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    It's one of the the fastest maturing weeds and can complete it's life cycle from the seed germinating to shedding its own seeds in as little as 5 weeks, so the trick is constant removal whenever seen.  The seeds can last several years in the soil so it'll be a long battle.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I was going to like your comment Bob but I don’t like it lol
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738
    Flippin stuff ... think we’ve all got it ... never saw it as a child ... think it spreads via seeds in pots of plants from nurseries etc ... not their fault ... it’s impossible to keep on top of unless you can employ staff to weed all day. 🙄 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 782
    It’s a good food source for early some butterflies and caterpillars. Also you can use the leaves in salads - peppery taste. I’ve don’t bother weeding it out, it can look quite pretty and isn’t a thug, crowding out any other plants
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
    East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
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