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Can anyone identify this plant for me?   It is growing in what used to be a raised hedgerow, but is now part of my garden.   It comes up every year - and I consider it a weed.   I pull up every stem I can see, but they come away clean from the underground base, no roots, and next year they appear again.   I really would like a name for it - plus the common one if it has one!  image

Can I Roundup it, very carefully?.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    It's dog's mercury. Mercurialis perennis.

     

  • OneofsevenOneofseven Posts: 338

    Thank you, clever girl, nutcutlet.   I've just looked it up - 'produces a foul and rotten smell'!!!   That's what The Wildlife Trusts says about it.   I didn't find that when I tested after taking the photo, but maybe when the flowers are fully open the smell will come.   Or maybe that's the smell I have been blaming on the farmers' muck spreading!

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    I don't remember a smell Oneofseven and I haven't got any to go and check. I've never had to handle it either, just walked by it.

    http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/flora-and-fauna/dogs-mercury/

    suggests that the whole plant smells not the flowers particularly.

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