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BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
Fairly certain that this is regarded as a weed but it seems to have sprung up in a similar pattern to some seeds that I sowed so I left them alone :open_mouth:

Can anyone name it please.

East Lancs


  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 761
    edited August 2021
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,409
    One of the willow herbs, Lesser probably.  Each one of those pods is full of plumed seeds waiting to waft over your garden! Bees like them though...
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
    Cunning beggars - springing up exactly where I was expecting my planted seeds to germinate :o 
    East Lancs
  • CharlotteFCharlotteF Posts: 337
    Get it before it goes fluffy, they seed like crazy. I left a few a couple of years ago and have been regretting it!
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
    Thanks folks.

    That flower bed has been thinned out ;) 
    East Lancs
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214
    It's a dreadful thug. Everywhere round here is covered in fluffy white seedheads.
    Each plant can produce up to 1,000, 000 seeds. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,759
    edited August 2021
    Oh bother! NDN in Norfolk is cultivating one, along with the bindweed and ground elder.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
    I think it's been around in my garden for a while but I've always pulled it up when tiny. I've just removed 4 fairly mature specimens that conned me whilst hiding in a carefully sown flower bed. I spaced out 5 different seed types in groups of 5 or 7 with the plan that they would intermingle nicely. Didn't bank on a dud packet of seeds (or dud planter!) and the willowherb stepping in to grow in exactly the spots where the seeds should've been germinating.

    Not only a thug, but a cunning devil as well :o 
    East Lancs
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Posts: 1,848
    I uncovered a massive couple of them whilst weeding my neighbour’s garden a few weeks ago. The seeds went up into the air and the wind blew them aaaaaalllllll into my garden. Fast forward to Monday afternoon and I had about 80 little seedlings popping up in the gravel. 

    I’ve started taking a plastic bag over and pulling them out in that and then carefully depositing them in a big sack. 
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