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Weed ID please

Hopefully someone can kindly let me know what this is please? Thanksimage

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,833

    Mercurialis perennis, commonly known as Dog's mercury,

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    It can spread very quickly and crowd out more desirable small plants. It has a rather unpleasant smell.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • @berghil &ladybird many thanks.

    It's in a woodland patch of my garden so need to decide if I leave it there or not. 

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I believe it is a plant that indicates the woodland has been there for a long time.

  • Yes, the woodland in my garden has been there a long time - there is an old Roman villa a hundred metres away. I also have a lot of ground elder maybe due to the Romans as well!

    I might leave the Dogs Mercury there rather than attempt to eradicate it - it seems to prefer the shade and hasn't really moved into the more formal beds a few metres away.

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