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04/09/2013 at 13:28

I have found quite a lot of these in a shaded area behind my shed. Can anyone tell me what they are and if and how I need to get rid of them please?


04/09/2013 at 14:03

It's a type of borage, Alec. It will become a weed if you allow it to seed everywhere. Otherwise it's quite a pretty plant in a wild area.

04/09/2013 at 14:55

i'd go with brunnera too.  Borage has hairier stems and leaves.  Mine does anyway.

04/09/2013 at 15:54

It's that family but I'd like to see the whole plant from the side and to know if this is flowering now. Also if it flowered earlier and this is a second lot.

04/09/2013 at 16:04

it is invasive so unless you like it get rid of it...i don't remember its name but it likes to grow on chalk, i had it in an east sussex garden and i left it thinking that it was 'free' ground cover, it does like shady places so is quite useful.

04/09/2013 at 16:13

I would say Pentaglottis sempervirens (aka green alkanet or evergreen bugloss), it's in the borage family (along with brunnera) and it's in my driveway, a pain to remove because of its big messy root.

04/09/2013 at 16:41

I think that's more likely.

04/09/2013 at 16:45

Yes, PeterE17 is right, it is Pentaglottis sempervirens.

04/09/2013 at 17:10

Don't touch it unless you're wearing leather gloves. The little spines can irritate, and there are hundreds of them.

04/09/2013 at 17:41

That family is a bit too spiney. I don't like to handle borage bare-handed either. And brunnera is a bit scrapey.

06/09/2013 at 22:01

It is a rough hairy plant to touch, and the root can be huge and hard to shift,

but the bees like it so i leave some to flower!

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