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18/02/2014 at 15:33

Does anyone know what this is?

 

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18/02/2014 at 15:45

Looks like wild avens, Geum urbanum. seeds like mad and the seeds stick to animals,clothes and anything else they can hook onto,

18/02/2014 at 15:48

It looks like the wild geum rivale - if it is it will spread vigourously with shallow roots, and rather like strawberry runners new plantlets will appear all around.  It has tiny yellow flowers and likes damp or boggy ground.

In my garden I try to lift all plantlets as soon as I see them as it is something of a thug.  I think it came in with some pond plants.

18/02/2014 at 15:55

Thanks, I definitely have damp and boggy ground at the moment! I'll have to keep on top of it, is it ok to put in the compost before it's flowered?

18/02/2014 at 16:55

I agree with Nut, most likely to be Geum urbanum, Herb Bennet. Geum rivale (Water avens) has peach-coloured flowers and would be less likely as a garden weed. Herb Bennet doesn't mind wet or dry conditions. As it's a perennial, I wouldn't put the roots on a compost heap.

18/02/2014 at 18:43

It looks like Geum Urbanum to me to. My mum's garden is full of this wildflower/weed, nightmare to pull up. Pull it up quick...

18/02/2014 at 18:51

I have far too much of this one. I don't know if anything eats it, if they do they don't make much impression on it

KEF
18/02/2014 at 19:47
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have far too much of this one. I don't know if anything eats it, if they do they don't make much impression on it

 

That made me laugh Nut.

18/02/2014 at 20:26

Me too nut lol

18/02/2014 at 20:34

I like to cheer people up

19/02/2014 at 10:17

definitely not in the compost bin - one for the council recycling

on a more cheerful note - where this grows is also good for snowdrops, primroses and geraniums

 

and yes NutC, I've almost certainly got my geums muddled up - whatever - its the wild one!

19/02/2014 at 11:48

Hi Ashleigh, it should be okay before it flowers I have it in my garden and the seeds stick to my dogs like velcro. The seedlings are annoying but it isn't deep rooted so not so hard to dig up or hoe the seedlings. There's worse things you could have and Wood Avens is a foodplant of the caterpillars of the Grizzled Skipper Butterfly so it's not all bad.

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