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What is this the name of this weed?


By Mustang

Suffolk, United Kingdom Gb

Sorry guys, no photo (which would obviously be much more helpful!) of said weed! They are small with woody tough thin stems and dark green leaves and purple coloured flowers which look like violets. They are difficult to pull out and usually need to be dug up a little to free the roots. They like to appear in the middle of lawns and especially seem to like woodchip mulch!

They are quite sweet for a weed but bloomin invasive! Can anyone help me to identify them?

Of course they have all gone now and are hiding from me but I know they will be back next year the little blighters!


x Mustang

On plant Annoying Weed!!!! :)



Might be Ajuga reptans (Bugle)?

The only other candidates I can think of would be One of the lawn weed Veronica's or possibly even Glechoma (Ground Ivy) which has nothing to do with true Ivy!

21 Oct, 2009


Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) comes to mind

21 Oct, 2009


How about viola labradorica?

21 Oct, 2009


Hmm - I have looked at pictures of all of those and the viola is closest but I don't think it is that one....I'll try and get a picture of one if there are any left. (I ahve been searching the web for ages now - to the point where I think I may be making it up!!! lol!)

Darn weeds!!

Cheers for help so far...

p.s. what weed causes you the most trouble guys? Mine has got to be ground elder without a doubt!! I like to be organic where I can and hate using weedkillers - but this stuff just won't go away easily!!

21 Oct, 2009


For me its hairy bittercress.....pesky little blighters!!!!!!!!!! Have been fortunate never to have had ground elder (Blimy...,you know whats gonna happen now)......(groan(: )

21 Oct, 2009


Have you googled Fractals suggestion of Veronica ? (Germander speedwell-veronica chamaedrys or veronica filiformis) Both grow in short grass.
My worst weed is marestail :(

21 Oct, 2009


I have the dreaded ground elder too, and bindweed I don't like using chemicals either but must admit to using roundup on these thugs.

21 Oct, 2009


Glyphosate is organic as it's a type of sugar. :-)

21 Oct, 2009


Celandine, the bane of my life(possible exageration here) it has seen off a lot of my plants it is such thick groundcover in spring and if you try to dig it out it makes the problem much worse and it's everywhere! :-( This spring I am resorting to chemical, don't want to but no other way. I also have snowberry which is also hard to dig out but containable. Good luck with your mystery plant:-)

22 Oct, 2009


Didn't know that Fractal,learn something every day, don't feel so bad for using it now :-)

22 Oct, 2009


Yeah, a course I did several years ago through work included a part on weedkillers and that sugar fact always stood out. He went on to say that at this time of year, plants are pulling the sugars they made during the summer in their leaves back down to their roots to store it during winter. By using glyphosate with a special ion attached to the molecule, the plant pulls the glyphosate sugar down too. This is the best time of year to apply it for that very reason. The lecturer also said that Glyphosate is about as toxic to us as salt water. You could drink it and it would just make you vomit but wouldn't actually harm you......unlike paraquat which would!

22 Oct, 2009


I don't think I'll try any if its all the same with you though ;) lol!

22 Oct, 2009


BTW I have looked up Germander Speedwell, Veronica Chamaedrys and Veronica Filiformis but none of these are my mystic weed.

I had a look to see if there were any left today..guess what? None! - not even any leaves. Ho hum, I guess I will just have to wait until next year to catch the little blighter :( grouch grouch!!.......but I'll be ready for him with my eco friendly Glyphosate hehe!

p.s. not yet had a problem with snowberry but will watch out!!

22 Oct, 2009


Thats good to know fractal as sprayed our new half allotment a couple of weeks ago that was covered in bindweed,hopefully kill the blasted stuff off before I plant my daylily seedlings next spring, have 41 babies growing in greenhouse and still more germinating in fridge from seeds bought from USA.

23 Oct, 2009

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