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Is this an underground weed?

Hello all im new to these forums and the the art of gardening, myself and my partner have bought a property with a big back garden that has been overgrown for quite some time,

Last september we cleared it back and removed the overgrown greenery,

this year we have started to make progress on our garden to make way for new flower beds and how we see the garden, 

however i have been pestered by these little green round stems popping up over my garden when digging down there has been small tubular, yellowish roots growing upder the surface,

I spent over 2 hours turning the soil clearing away as much as i could,

today i came outside after a downpour of rain to find more popping up, ive down down in a small area to find lot of growth, i dont know what it is,

I have taken a photo to show you all if you could point me in the right direction of what it is and how to stop it growing? as you can see from the pics all the roots came out that small hole.



any help would be appreciated





  • I think you'd need to let it grow to see the leaves etc for someone to identify it. Doubt anyone could do so from the roots.

  • Is it bindweed ?

  • Please see the photo i have taken of the leaves i have available, i tend to pull the out as soon as i see them in the hopes to exhaust its self out,



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    carol wood wrote (see)

    Is it bindweed ?

    That would be my guess too.  If so, you'll need to let it grow so that it has plenty of leaves, spray those leaves with a systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate and then wait until it dies down, giving time for the weedkiller to travel down to the roots.  It's a pernicious weed and some will still grow back which you will have to treat the same way.

    Fingers crossed that it isn't bindweed as you'll have a battle on your hands if it is. If positively identified as this, avoid rotovating at all costs as every little piece will grow into a new plant.

    Edit: just seen your photo after I posted.  Not bindweed thankfully!  Might be daylilies which can be invasive.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,541

    alstromeria springs to mind

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,541

    it's not bindweed for sure. I'm pretty sure it's alstromeria having looked again.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Def not bindweed.  It's a monocot but further than that I wouldn't like to say.

  • Thank you all for you help, im going to dig out the entire area over the weekend to pull as much of it out as i can, 

    its just a pain as i have got ideas for the garden, best to get it out now rather than later,

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,541's alstromeria, it's not a weed.

    Remove it if you want, but don't remove it because you think it's a weed.

    google image alstroemeria and have a look first


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,239

    I think alstroemeria from the leaves.  Easier to eradicate than bindweed.image

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