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Unknown plant or weed?




 Don't know what either are but these seem to grow prolifically - are they weeds? Help to identify would be great!

Thank you



  • I'm not sure about he first one but the second one looks like houttuynia chameleon. I saw it mentioned on the 'Beautiful Thugs' thread and it looks just like the one I looked up.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    The top one is an oxalis. Probably a cultivar of Oxalis tetraphylla

    and houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Excellent - thank you so much.Off to see how to deal with them now I know what they are!

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I'm grateful for the photos Mud Patch as last week I was offered a cutting of the second one by someone who has a large garden of over 3 acres and didn't know what that plant was. Apparently this plant is a thug so I'm glad I have been pre-warned so now I think I will politely decline the offer.

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  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    I had that second one in a raised bed in my old house. Luckily it didn't spread to other parts of the garden, just the whole raised bed. Whenever I pulled it out I got a lovely whiff of oranges.

  • I have the second one growing as a shallow marginal plant in my pond. The multi coloured foliage looks wonderful in a large clump although the small white flowers are a bit insignificant. It's foliage, when laying on the surface, gives great shade and cover for the fish. Not noticed any scent, unpleasant or otherwise.

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