Any ideas what these are?

Louise123456789May 25, 2014

Hi there

I've just moved into a new place and I'm not sure what I should be pulling up and what I should be leaving!!! Just wondering if anyone knows what these are??



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lycopus(z5 NY)

Looks like Circaea lutetiana

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:16PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Yes - aka Enchanters Nightshade. You need to pull them up but be warned there will be a network of white roots below the surface which is difficult to completely get rid of.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:23PM
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Ah thanks!!! Sounds like a lot of weeding as it's spreading!! At least I know what to do with it now though!!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:48PM
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bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

Circaea may not be for everyone
but in my humble opinion she does have her place.
In my shade, deer and rabbit, black walnut, wildlife/wooland garden, there are spots that i will leave her to do her thing.
Very helpful filling in areas that garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) would otherwise take over.

as I mentioned, itâÂÂs not for everyone
but I wanted to leave this info here for folks that may find this plant useful in their situation.


Faunal Associations: The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract small bees, including Halictid bees (Lasioglossum spp.) and little carpenter bees (Ceratina spp.); they are also visited by Syrphid flies and bee flies (Bombyliidae). The caterpillars of a moth, Mompha terminella (Enchanter's Cosmet), are blotch leaf-miners. Birds and mammals help to distribute the seeds, as the small bur-like fruits can cling to feathers and fur; these fruits can cling to the clothing of humans as well. Deer occasionally browse on the foliage of Enchanter's Nightshade.,\

/end soapbox ; )

Here is a link that might be useful: Connecticut Botanical Society - Enchanters Nightshade

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 2:32PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

If you have plenty of space and a wild area it is fine. In the average tiny British garden it is a total pain.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 3:35PM
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