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What is this weed?

Does anyone know what this weed is?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    Look for the white roots to confirm. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,955

    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.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    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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