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I've recently moved house and in my garden there's a corner that's been taken over by this plant/weed.  Using a plant identifier app its saying the most likely result is Meadowsweet but I'm not sure.  It's tall and very tough - normal shears are struggling to cut through.  Do you know what this is and what the most effective method is to remove it?

Thanks in advance,


  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It isn't meadow sweet. It's that shrub that is the very devil to dig out, has tiny white flowers and takes over a large area if it isn't stopped. Blimey, I've got a mental block here. I have one in the verge outside my gate and I watch it like a hawk. 
    Come on folks what is it?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158
    It's a shrub, woody. Meadowsweet is an herbaceous perennial, dies back to the ground every winter. It Might be one of the Spiraeas but I don't grow them so can't say for certain. I fear much digging/mattocking may be the only way to get rid of them

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051
    my guess is Spriaea douglasii
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Yes that's it spirea. Not sure if it's the white or pink one. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,428
    Yes that's what I thought. I had to dig a load of it out a few years ago and it was far from easy. Come to think of it I had to go in for a hernia operation a short while afterwards  :|
    Clay soil - Cheshire/Derbyshire border - where old gardeners wet their plants.
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