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HI there

I have a plant that has started growing in my garden. I never planted it (the spikey one) and wondering what it is. Pictures are attached and any help would be appreciated


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,130
    Not a keeper really
    It's a type of sedge - self-seeds all over the place

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Oh no! And I've been letting it grow! Thanks 😊 
  • It 's a rush - they like moist soils best but can grow almost anywhere. Get it out quick, or those brown bobbly bits will shed seed all over your garden, and make sure you don't leave any bits of root behind or it will be back! Individual plants can look quite attractive, but like a lot of things, they don't know when to stop :)
  • Thank you!
  • Usually it comes from seeds in compost, unless it's peat-free. But it's a widespread native as well if you have moist acid soil/bogs nearby.
  • janinerjaniner Posts: 66
    And it now current resides in the green garden bin.. I'll keep my eye out for new growth, because it was a bit of a beast to get out.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    It's a bit of a pain to get out, as you've found @janiner. It grows very readily round here, and is often in gardens too, as our conditions suit it very well. 
    Bit of a thug if you let it stay unfortunately, so it's good that you got it out.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Our sheep fields are acid and moist going on boggy. I've had plenty of practice at getting it out!
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