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Unidentified Weed

Hello all

My 90 year old Mum has just phoned me - she has 60 years experience in gardening, and has seen all the common weeds.

Recently a weed has arrived in her raised beds and it is unlike anything she has seen.
The leaves are about the size of a 50p piece, and it appears to have round seed pods which are about the size of a pea.

It spreads over the ground quickly and smothers other plants.

She would like to know what it is

Unfortunately her eyesight is failing so taking a picture and posting it would be tricky.

She lives in Cheshire

Thank you

Dave
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  • B3B3 Posts: 19,966
    Has she noticed any flowers?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • mandmmandm Posts: 4
    Hi B3 - she didn't mention flowers - she has only noticed it in the last week - maybe flowers might come in spring ? (I don't know much about plants !)
    Thanks
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 42,383
    edited 11 January
    If there are seed pods, then it's already flowered. Those might be the buds she's seeing.  :)
    A photo would certainly help. Cheshire will be a bit ahead of me in terms of climate and plants growing, so it might be something that would flower in Feb/ March. Celandine is the only one I can think of, and the leaves are slightly heart shaped. With the very mild conditions this autumn/winter, they could well be appearing now in some areas. 

    I should have said it was lesser Celandine I was describing   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,232
    A vote for lesser celandine from me too.  I have greater celandine in the garden - arrived a few years ago and last year lesser started popping up too.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 74,875
    Lesser celandine was my first thought too.   The leaves disappear soon after the flowers finish so she may not have noticed them before. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • B3B3 Posts: 19,966
    I was thinking 60 years of gardening, she must have come across celandine.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 74,875
    Depends where she's been gardening .... raised beds might have had some soil from elsewhere brought in ... complete with celandine bulbils ... 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • mandmmandm Posts: 4
    Thank you all for your input.  :)
    She says it's definitely not lesser celandine  - she knows what that looks like.
    She's asked me to contact Kew Gardens to see if they know - she feels that strongly about it.
    I'm 250 miles away, otherwise I would take a photo. I'll see if the daily help can email me a photo.
    She's very sharp for 90 - I don't think she is getting confused. She says it's triffid like !
    Mum's gardening experience is from Dorset, Somerset, Surrey, Hampshire and Cheshire.
    She also spent also two years in Hong Kong, and two in Germany - not sure how much gardening she did abroad though.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 74,875
    Oooh yes ... if the daily help could send a photo that'd be brilliant ...  :D
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • If you are so sure that it's a weed, then any effective weed killer should be able to remove it. 
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