What is this weed?

Does anyone know what this weed is?




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    Has it got lots of fragile looking white roots and spreads around a lot?

    When does it flower?

    What colour are the flowers?

    How tall does it get?


  • I don't know about any of those things. It has only just appeared for the first time. I've had the garden for three years but haven't seen it before.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    Is there just the one then? 

  • No there are a few. I've zapped them with weed killer. I'll pull them up at the weekend and see what the roots are like.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Try checking out enchanter's nightshade.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    Good idea.  enchanter's nightshade was my first thought (little white roots) but not convinced.

    Are you sure it's a weed?

  • Thanks. I've googled it and it does look possible. Wikipedia says it spreads via burrs on fur and we get a lot of foxes and cats in our garden so it is quite possible that it has come in on one of them.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    Look for the white roots to confirm. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,246

    I agree that it is enchanters nightshade. I have it and it is a pain. Have bben trying to eradicate it without success for a few years. It does have pretty flowers though.

    And you've been so busy lately that you haven't found the time 
    To open up your mind And watch the world spinning gently out of time
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    It does have pretty flowers punkdoc, I introduced it deliberately, against the advice of the person I was begging it from. One of my many gardening errors

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