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Please help me id this plant and also advise th best way o getting rid of it. I have been trying for 15 years (previous owner put it in). No amount of digging or other form of control gets rid of it.

Arghhh! please help




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,360

    Is this one plant that's stayed all that time or a plant that seeds about and you keep getting more?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441

    Smooth sow  thistle. If you cut it it branches and regrows. You need to fork it out.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441


  • stewpotstewpot Posts: 2

    thank you for your replies.

    nutcutlet: I never let it seed and the roots spread.

    fidgetbones: I looked at google images. The leaves on smooth sow thistle seem to be more pointy than the plant in my garden and the flower is purple (not yellow) on the plant in my garden. It looks like  there is no diggiing it out because even a tiny bit of root will grow. I would need 100 years to sieve the soil (which is clay based).

    Could it be some kind of herb. The previous owner of our house had a herb patch. The garlic and the chives are a bit of a nuisance but are controllable. The plant in question here is a nightmare.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,985

    Let us have a photo of it when it flowers? image

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

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