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What is this thing growing like a weed?

IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 894
It’s massive despite no rain and it’s growing out of the paving. Never a good sign. I hoped it was going to be a nice surprise but I don’t think so now as the flowers are really insignificant. I’m ready to chop it down not but would still like to know what it is.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,099
    edited 28 July
    I can't recall the name atm, but get it out before 000's fluffy seeds disperse all over your garden.
    I get it in my garden now and then

    Just remembered - Horseweed
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 894
    Oh no. I was an optimist about it but yes it’s going because it looks like nothing good
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,099
    Exactly what I thought 1st time in my garden - oh look an aster has popped up, then it flowered :(
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,400
    Anything that grows like a weed is a weed😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 538
    Exactly B3
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,206
    Yes, it's horseweed. Dig it up as soon as you can because once it sets seed it will be everywhere.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 894
    Thanks for the name. I think I have baby one too. This was the healthiest one. Luckily I think it’s an annual but the multi-stems closest to the ground are thick and almost woody. Yes I thought it was an aster too, then I thought it was goldenrod. Anyway I’m hoping it doesn’t start fluffing up now that I’ve cut it down, it was almost 5ft tall.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 562
    The weeds have thrived beautifully in the heat and drought haven't they?
    My 'lawn' is looking pretty diverse now.. 🤨
  • Simone_in_WiltshireSimone_in_Wiltshire WiltshirePosts: 291
    Leaning on B3's comment, what I haven't planted has to go.
    If you are wondering why the avatar is a penguin, yes, I'm a Linux user.

  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 894
    Yes weeds in my lawn and pavement cracks have done very well this summer. I’ve given up on them more or less. But this monster was obstructing a path and other plants, no way of pulling it out so if it’s an annual that would be good.

    sometimes I’ve chucked seeds around so it might have been a good one - I like to think that anyway. 
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