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Could you let me know the name of this weed / plant. It is everywhere round here. I have a woody area at the end of the garden and it is taking over. It is starting to smother the bluebells, primroses etc.
I spent half an hour digging them out and have left a few for the wildlife. How far should I go with taking them out, I've been clearing them out of the garden and happy to have some in the woodland, but it seems if you give them an inch...
Is this second image, the same plant, it doesn't seem to have spots on the leaves.
Also in this final image, can anyone identify the frilly looking leaves. The long narrow leaves are bluebells, just don't know what the other one is.
Thank you for your help as ever.
oops forgot to put on the last image.
at a guess ,borage ,with the little blue flowers .
I'd say green alkanet, Pentaglossis sempervirens. Deep rooted and a right b.....
I don't think it's borage, they generally have fairly large flowers, I'll go for alkanet (Pentaglottis) too I think
Whoops our comments crossed
Alkanet is a member of the borage family
whoops, I thought rose meant borago officinalis, my bad
Alkanet, that's it, thank you. Assume i am right just to keep digging it out.
Any ideas on the frilly leaf on the 3rd photo ?
I think it's one of the geraniums. It's name will come to me (maybe)
Looks like a possible. Will keep an eye on it and see what happens when it flowers. thank you nutcutlet
Green Alkanet. Pentaglottis sempervirens. Stems and leaves are covered with stif hairs, that can irritate the skin. Fls. Flat blue five pets. Borage Borago officinalis. The two are so often confused. Borage has rich blue fls. Pets, more pointed than Alkanet. The centers really protrude giving what I call a dramatic challenging appearance. Both seed freely and will take root anywhere. Can be difficult to irradicate. I have found that using a sharp dutch hoe or long bladed knife. Slip the blade at an angle into the soil, cutting the rootsock. Probably at some point fresh new growth will appear. This is much easier to pull out.
Is the third one the plant with the very cut leaf? if so I think it may be an aconite.
I think no 3 is a cranesbill, you could try looking up meadow cranesbill?