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19/06/2012 at 18:53

Good evening, can anyone tell me what this plant is: It was resident in my garden when we moved in and although i like it its a constant battle to stop it overcrowding my other plants.  thanks in advance

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19/06/2012 at 18:55

sorry it wouldn't let me upload the other one

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8989.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

19/06/2012 at 18:58
Is it a bergenia (elephants ears )? Not sure having never grown it.Next door have some in their front garden and it looks quite like that. Sorry I cant be very helpful.
19/06/2012 at 20:08

What colour/shape/size are the flowers?

19/06/2012 at 20:38

The leaf is similar to a Brunnera

Pam x

19/06/2012 at 21:31

Daintiness from what i can remember they are white...they definately aren't blue Pam (seached for Brunnera and all the pictures had blue flowers)

 

19/06/2012 at 21:34
Having had another look I dont think it is elephants ears the leaves not quite the same. Does it flower ?
20/06/2012 at 07:51
Possibly asarum cordatum, wild ginger?
20/06/2012 at 08:29

definately not a bergenia, the leaves don't look leathery enough. It looks more like a petasites, a butterbur. They have fine hairs on the underneath of the leaves where they are grey, and travel by creeping along the top of the ground.

20/06/2012 at 09:54

could it be Butterbur, (Petasites), it spreads very easily and flowers in spring when very few if any leaves are evident. 

20/06/2012 at 16:27

backyardee, i don't recall seeing fine hairs on the underneath nor does it travel across the top of the ground.  it seems to travel underground by a tuber like thing and then just pops up anywhere and everywhere.  I did see a picture of wild ginger and it did look like that i thought.  I'll have to take a another picture when it flowers.

Thanks for all your replies.

20/06/2012 at 16:33

Or you could pick a leaf, rub it, and if it smells of ginger, then it's probably the culprit. I don't think it's recommended for culinary use though.

21/06/2012 at 11:33

Hi I may be totally off kilter here but could it be bindweed ??  

 

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21/06/2012 at 12:03

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 Thats Bindweed looks similar don't you think ?

21/06/2012 at 12:14

It looks similar but the leaves are a slight different shape and not the same texture-so to go back to the first question it isn't bineweed

21/06/2012 at 17:45

Agreed. Not bindweed.

25/06/2012 at 09:28

it's definately not bindweed.  I tried rubbing the leaf and it doesn't smell of ginger either lol...oh well it feels a gap even though it can be a tad invasive if left. Thanks for all your replies tho

25/06/2012 at 22:21

Lorraine,Post a picture when it flowers and you will probably have more success.

26/06/2012 at 01:09

Helliotrope, isn't it?

26/06/2012 at 08:15

I'm sure its not Heliotrope, but i'll definately post a picture when it flowers but thanks for everyones help.  Its driving me mad trying to find out what this is lol

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