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LieLie Posts: 39

Can anyone identify this plant? showed up all of a sudden.imageimage 

Its rather beautiful but very vigorous and self seeds very easy. 

Many thanks:) 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,597

    American poke weed.  Birds love the berries which means the seeds are scattered liberally all over the place.   Easy enough to pull up when small or lift with a fork when a bit bigger. 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Yet another example. Where are they all coming from?! Pokeweed everywhere!

    H-C

  • LieLie Posts: 39

    Thanks Obelixx :) 

    Hi H-C, 

    Although I garden in the UK - the picture is actually taken in my parents garden in Belgium. Maybe things are not that bad yet on our side :) 

    It self seeds very easily though, removed about 10 new plants all about 1.5 ft high this weekend. Luckily very easily removed but had a proper taproot already the size of a small carrot. 

    Thanks for the info:) 

    Happy gardening

    Lie

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,450

    DESTROY IMMEDIATELY !

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    why? 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Nor me Philippa. I

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,450

    According to this site http://nadiasyard.com/our-native-plants/american-pokeweed/

    "Pokeweed has its passionate defenders, implacable enemies, and some in between..."

    Maybe I was too prompt to side with its "implacable enemies". Each to their own.image

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • LieLie Posts: 39

    Interesting. Birds love them but for other animals they are poisonous. With occasional small children and two Tortoises running around in the garden I dont think it is safe that they stay.  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    the roots are the most poisonous but I'm not eating any of it.

    It has quite a deep root but not a wandering one, a good levering with a shovel sorts out any you don't want.

  • LieLie Posts: 39

    Haha - Thats good to hear actually. Looking at how they attack/eat cherry tomatoes when you place one in front of them i wont risk it though :) 

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