Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)April 27, 2010

(sorry if i asked this last year; i can't find it in my notes)

we have a scalloped shiny green and darker green variegated-leaf weed that resembles a perennial geranium leaf as it creeps along horizontally, and has a carrot root. anyone know what it is?

thanks much,

mindy

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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Sounds like wild geranium. Check the link.

Deanna

Here is a link that might be useful: Weed Alert

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 7:04PM
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mrtulin

Hi Mindy,
I'm betting the plant you're describing doesn't look like the wild geranium linked above. If yours is closer to the ground and really cemented in, I've had it and you better get rid of it fast. I just found two plants of it, and no idea where it came from. They are nowhere near where where I found it before.
I id'd once, and I'll figure where I found the information.and report back if I have any success.
I'm going to google "pernicious weed"

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 7:24PM
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mrtulin

I kept thinking 'ranunculous' but distrusted my memory. But the word showed up once in the google search, and By George, I got it. It may not be the plant in your garden, but it is the one masquerading as a geranium in mine.
The leaves are thicker, tougher. If you wait long enough it will get a small shiny buttercup flower.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 7:40PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

bingo! and the lady gets the kewpie doll! ranunculus repens.
thanks much.

not half as horrible(nothing is)as aegopodium because its carrot roots are easy to remove, w/ the right pointed trowel or dandelion fork. But it certainly is aggressive,and boy is it confusing when it grows next to a real perennial geranium.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 8:40PM
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mrtulin

And it has an uncanny ability to get right next to the choice plant which nearly comes out with the weed when you point and shovel. Which leads to the question: did the weed come in with the plant? Likely

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 11:16PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

OUCH; i hope not one of ours.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 11:19PM
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hunt4carl

Thanks, folks, for answering my unasked question. . .these little guys have been
popping up around the edges of my vegetable patch for a couple of years,
often right alongside clumps of Geranium 'Wargrave's Pink'. When I googled
Ranunculus repens, I was surprised to read that the seeds often travel with
hay - presumably, they like the same growing conditions - guess what I use as
a heavy mulch on my veggie patch? HAY !

Carl

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 12:00PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

hmmm. how about seaweed this yr?or salt marsh hay?

mindy

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 12:12PM
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terrene(5b MA)

I've got some Ranunculus repens in the yard I've been trying to get rid of and there is some that is spreading rampantly along the edge of a nearby field -

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 7:17PM
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mrtulin

Sue, that is a lot of weed.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 8:51PM
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