Forum home Plants

Weeds or flowers? (Round 2)

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 93
Hi there, 

Some more are these weeds to get rid of or plants/flowers to keep photos?

It’s like a pub quiz (except the quiz master doesn’t know the answers haha!)

Thank you! 😀


Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
Photo 4
Photo 5

«1

Posts

  • clarke.bruntclarke.brunt Posts: 215
    edited 18 March
    1. Aquilegia (Columbine). Often grown intentionally, but spreads by seed.
    2. Weedy Euphorbia? I've got these. I've never bothered to determine which Euhporbia species.
    3. Wallflower?
    4. Caper spurge (Euphorbia). Some people like it. A bit invasive.
    5. Weed seedlings? More 'Jack by the hedge' but recently germinated ones?

    P.S. I don't like pub-quizzes - want to drink/chat in peace, without some compulsory activity going on. Leads to decamping to another pub if one encountered accidentally. But I like doing the weed-quiz (and other queries) - maybe I know more than I thought I did, and can learn the unknown ones from other people's answers.
  • 2. Two weeds close together, not Euphorbia
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,207
    No:2 looks more like petty spurge to me with a 'potential' dandelion, as you say @Mrs-B3-Southampton,-Hants more than one weed in that bit.
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 3,540
    Agree with Clarke. 2 is Petty Spurge, Euphorbia peplus, next to a small dandelion.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 10,522
    Agree with above. Last one may be Lapsana communis (Nipplewort) seedlings.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,360
    I agree that photo 2 is Petty Spurge, Euphorbia Peplus.

    Photo 5 might be Ash tree seedlings.
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 93
    Thanks all! 😄 so I’ll definitely keep number 3! We do have wallflowers further down 😊👍 and 1 and 4 too, and get rid of 2 and 5 then! 👍
  • clarke.bruntclarke.brunt Posts: 215
    No. 4, i.e. Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) is also known as the 'Mole Plant'. It is said to repel moles - so if you haven't seen any moles, then it must be working :-) I remember being pleased when the plant turned up in previous garden, and though I said 'a bit invasive', that's only by seed - it dies after flowering (in its first or second year), so not difficult to control. One has recently appeared in my present garden.

    And I said I'd probably learn something: that No. 2 'weedy Euphorbia' is Petty Spurge (Euphorbia peplus). This also dies after flowering, but manages to flower and seed before you've even noticed it - I've never any shortage of seedlings, despite pulling them up when I see them. I think I can see the flowers in your photo, and there's a second sneaky specimen of it at bottom left.
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 93
    No. 4, i.e. Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) is also known as the 'Mole Plant'. It is said to repel moles - so if you haven't seen any moles, then it must be working :-) I remember being pleased when the plant turned up in previous garden, and though I said 'a bit invasive', that's only by seed - it dies after flowering (in its first or second year), so not difficult to control. One has recently appeared in my present garden.

    And I said I'd probably learn something: that No. 2 'weedy Euphorbia' is Petty Spurge (Euphorbia peplus). This also dies after flowering, but manages to flower and seed before you've even noticed it - I've never any shortage of seedlings, despite pulling them up when I see them. I think I can see the flowers in your photo, and there's a second sneaky specimen of it at bottom left.
    @clarke.brunt ah that’s interesting about moles! We did have mole hills in back garden - never the front though where it is...
    and 👍 it’s good to learn 🙂
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 93
    Update: Photo 1 now 😊
Sign In or Register to comment.