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Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 18:10

They self-seed very freely into our gravel path, from where I've pulled up young plants and replanted them elsewhere. So  if growing from seed I'd use a very gritty potting mexture. I've also found cuttings very easy: I just cut off a stem beneath a leaf node and stick it in the ground without any ceremony - water it in and away we go.  

What is this weed?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 22:48

If only it were difficult to grow, we'd all love it, with its ornamental leaves and bright yellow flowers. In soft damp soil it's easy to pull out, but it's very hard to get at in the cracks and crevices.  Glyphosate as Daintiness says does kill it - but it goes very quickly from first appearing to setting seed, so by the time you've spotted it, it's probably too late.  The ripe seed pods burst at the least disturbance, and the seeds zing everywhere. Roundup or similar will kill the adult plants, but the next generation is already lying in wait...

RHS refugees

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 17:49

Hello All,

Glad to see some familiar names here already, let's hope more join us!

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