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BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,608
Can someone put a name to this weed, please

I wonder why plants have evolved to have roots in a variety of colours. I am sure ‘for ease of identification by Rutland gardeners’ was never part of the master plan.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Brassica of some kind by the looks of it, probably Brassica napus (Rape)?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,608
    edited April 2021
    Thanks for the suggestion, Bob, but I would be surprised if it is a brassica. This one grows to about 8” and there are isolated clumps of it, each shoot a couple of inches away from the next spreading by these visible white roots, not unlike couch grass. The full sized leaves are an inch long and half an inch wide.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,608
    Checking online, I think it is selfheal, prunella vulgaris. I see it can be bought from herb nurseries for £5 a throw. I can just imagine Catherine Tate’s ‘Nan’ having decided views on that.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,997
    Could it be Enchanter's Nightshade, Circaea lutetiana?
    I have it in some parts of my garden, likes a cool, moist root run and does run, but nothing like ground elder. The flowers are pretty in a dainty, understated way.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,608
    Thanks @Buttercupdays, I think you have it.
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