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Willowherbs don't go away

DedekindDedekind Posts: 169
In one of my recently planted borders I keep getting willowherb on a permanent basis. I have been pulling them for two or three months already and try to be as quick as possible so they don't flower or set seed, but they just keep coming.. can I win this battle by just pulling them this year, hoping next year will be fine? 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,379
    The seeds drift in on the wind … 🌱 💨 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 288
    I expect they are seeding from elsewhere nearby. All you can do is keep pulling them up. Try find out if there are any more nearby and if they’re growing wild maybe pull them too 
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,512
    The seeds drift in on the wind … 🌱 💨 
    On a good day they blow through the garden like snow here. 

    A great library has something in it to offend everybody.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,379
    bcpathome said:
    Try find out if there are any more nearby and if they’re growing wild maybe pull them too 
    If they are growing wild then they are wildflowers and you would be breaking the law if you pulled them up.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,379
    edited August 2021
    bcpathome said:
    Try find out if there are any more nearby and if they’re growing wild maybe pull them too 
    Um 😶  that’s illegal … 

    https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/picking-wildflowers-and-the-law  



    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DedekindDedekind Posts: 169
    I dont remember them being here last year so let's see. Will try pulling mine out as much as I can..
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,379
    Ah… you beat me to it @Steephill … didn’t see you there … should’ve refreshed the page. 

    Glad to see we agree 👍 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,235
     Terrible stuff.  My main nemesis at the last house. Rural/semi rural locations are a nightmare. When you realise how many seeds one plant can produce, you can see why it's such a prime invader  :D
    It will seed from everywhere else, but it's also perennial, and they look slightly different. You'll have to learn to ID those ones too @Dedekind;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DedekindDedekind Posts: 169
    :( 

    The only upside is that they pull very easily apparently 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,235
    They do indeed  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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