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05/05/2013 at 12:10

Can someone please help me ID the weed in the attached photo, it seems to have arrived with some soil conditioner I bought last year.



05/05/2013 at 13:50

Can we have a pic of the whole plant please PE

05/05/2013 at 14:05


05/05/2013 at 21:36

Sorry PE, I can't do this one. It looks a bit like one of the umbellifers in the second photo

05/05/2013 at 23:49

Ok thanks anyway for replying, hopefully someone else will be able to help. 

06/05/2013 at 00:18

It's looking suspiciously like ground elder. I am not a 100% sure, hopefully someone else will comment. It is the sort of plant that can come back from the dead on a regular basis, surviving composting etc. If it is zap with glysophate immediately and continue applying it regularly throughout the summer until you win.

06/05/2013 at 20:34

I agree it looks like ground elder,i try to dig it all up it goes down quite a way,if new shoots appear use good weed killer regually,good luck.

06/05/2013 at 20:36

I don't think it's ground elder PE but as I can't offer a better solution........

06/05/2013 at 20:42

No, I don't think it's ground elder either - I think it may be Alexanders - rub the leaves and see if they smell a bit like celery.

06/05/2013 at 20:45

I thought the photo of the plant looked like alexanders but the individual leaves didn't. 


06/05/2013 at 21:06

You're right - they do look like two different plants.

06/05/2013 at 21:08

They do don't they. Are you sure they're the same plant PE? Those leaflets aren't the same shape at all.

07/05/2013 at 13:20

Yes maybe I have confused two different plants. I will get check again when I get home, apologies for any confusion. The problem plant is definitely the photo I originally posted though, have pulled up most of them now but will try and find one intact. 

Thanks again

07/05/2013 at 16:46

I also don't think this is G elder, the roots of which also have a distinctive smell and you would see underground runners being sent out as the plant matures. I think this is an umbellifer - does it have a carrotty-shaped root, many of them do. I think I also have this weed- don't know what it is but it flowers like a cow parsley

07/05/2013 at 17:42

Looks rather like a parsnip, is it a wild parsnip ? I don't know how common this is.

07/05/2013 at 20:09

reckon we've got two different plants here. Look at the shape of the leaflets.

PE may be able to get more photos

07/05/2013 at 23:45

The second photo appears to show the older darker leaves being as photo one and the newer later foliage being lighter in colour and starting to become lobed, both images show the double serration along the leaf margins indicating the same plant.


10/05/2013 at 13:19

I wonder if it might be Feverfew....Tanacetum parthenium. Generally it seeds very easily, but I suppose the acid test is whether it will produce white daisy-like flowers....or, more to the point, whether you are happy to live with it until then!!

13/11/2014 at 17:04

Is it willow weed?

13/11/2014 at 17:20

I think it's parsnip, Pastinaca sativa. It's not ground elder or feverfew, I don't know what willow weed is. Not excluding Alexanders yet...

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