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Is this geum?

I have a sunny garden but in an area that gets more shade than the rest I am seeing plants that look like this...among a lot of garlic mustard. 


  • mugwogmugwog Posts: 16

  • mugwogmugwog Posts: 16
  • mugwogmugwog Posts: 16
    I also have 1 of this...
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Yes - Geum [wood avens, not a cultivated variety] and the other is Alchemilla mollis. Both are pretty invasive if you don't keep on top of them. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 770
    This pesky Geum appeared in my garden out of nowhere and has spread all over despite me trying to keep on top of it grrrr.
    I grow alchemilla mollis in borders as I love to see the rain on its leaves. If you pull the whole flowering stem away just as it’s going brown and tatty looking you don’t get a lot of self seeding. I’ve also got plants in shady areas which get floppy they respond well to a ground level haircut. 
  • mugwogmugwog Posts: 16
    Hi Fairygirl and Bilje. Thank you for your replies.

    I am gutted. I was hoping that if it was a geum it was one of the trendy RHS merit ones. But thank you for alerting me to both plants being invasive. That said, Bilje I too noticed how my tatty entirely the wrong place ...single alchemilla mollis' leaves look with the rain on them. I have (hopefully) rescued and transplanted it into my rookie rockery and hopefully once it takes I can give it a good ground level cut. I hope this is the one with with the frothy lime green flowers.
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