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Weed or Ground Cover?

I was just wondering if somebody could help identify the plant in the centre of the following photo. I can't work out if it is a weed or a type of ground cover plant? It's low growing and seems quite compact, you can also see that some leaves have red tinges.
Apologies for another plant ID question!
Thanks in advance.




  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671

    Looks like it could be one of the vinca's but could be wrong.

  • I doesn't seem to have any flowers at the moment.
    It's sat in the middle of a raised bed where there are some Iris's which has led me to think it may be a weed but I wanted to check before I did anything image 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,788

    The reddish leaf near the green stick looks as if it might be part of an ajuga that's struggling to survive ... or it could be one of  several other things - hard to tell image

    As I'm sure you know that area is too congested for anything to perform well - I'd stick a fork in there and lift that patch out, tease it all apart carefully and pot some of the individual plants up, pop them in a quiet corner and keep an eye on them and see what they turn into when they've got some space to grow image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks Dove, yes I was planning on doing that I just wanted to check whether it was a weed or not before doing so as if it was I would dispose of it image 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,150

    Have you tried digging any up. It looks more like a mass seeding of something you had last year maybe?

    I don't see vinca or ajuga there.

    But I do see the corner of a variegated astrantia? that need rescuing from whatever it is

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Yes I pulled a bit of it up, it pulls out quite easily but due to the amount I wasn't sure if it was intentionally placed there. Unfortunately I don't know what's meant to be where as it's part of the garden my Dad's Boss asked if I could tidy up for him and the bloke who previously did it for him decided on the planting, not him. I'l be back there next week so was hoping to get cracking a bit more with it. 

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    Looks like some sort of moss to me, but then... I do have catterractsimage

  • sunnysarahsunnysarah Posts: 62

    I've got something similar come up in my garden. Didn't plant it there myself so have no idea what it is. I am also waiting for it to flower but if nothing by autumn then its coming out.

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