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Mystery plant

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?.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,414

    It's dog's mercury. Mercurialis perennis.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • 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 Posts: 27,414

    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.

    suggests that the whole plant smells not the flowers particularly.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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