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Hi. I really like this annual as it is so good for the bees, but it does look untidy in the hedge.  What is this weed and what can i do with it other than remove? Will it be invasive in a border?

Thanks.


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  • It's rosebay willow herb, or at least that's what I know it as. I agree, it's quite attractive. Those seeds will blow everywhere, though. I suspect that if you pull it out, enough of the seeds will have sown themselves for you to have more next year.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,711
    edited August 2021
    Chamaenerion_angustifolium....common name Rose bay willow herb.
    A weed.
    Very invasive.
    Recommend you remove before it seeds everywhere.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaenerion_angustifolium#/media/File:Fireweed_Epilobium_angustifolium_one_flower_close.jpg

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaenerion_angustifolium
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,369
    Yes hideously invasive  :)
    Willowherb.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 288
    I have the white version - very pretty and much better behaved. Bees love it.
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 288
    In answer to your questions….yes and yes 
  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,733
    It looks so pretty and innocent in flower - but pull it up and you see those hideous thick white roots that betray its true evil nature.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,125
    Some people do grow it on purpose. Good if you like it, I guess.
  • Thanks for the feedback will remove it!
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,004
    I allow it to grow in my wild garden but cut down the stems as soon as the flowers fade to reduce seeding. It grows wild in the inaccessible boggy triangle so cannot be stopped completely and it is very pretty.
    Before it became Chamaerion it was Epilobium angustifolium and I remember one of my special needs pupils acquired this name from somewhere, (not me!) and enjoyed saying it and asking people what it was, presumably just for the rhythm of the words :)
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