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Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

Posted by arbo_retum z5 ,WinchstrMA (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 27, 10 at 1:56

(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,

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RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

Sounds like wild geranium. Check the link.


Here is a link that might be useful: Weed Alert

RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

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"


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.

RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

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.

RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

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

RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

OUCH; i hope not one of ours.

RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

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 !



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


RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

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 -

RE: Weed that Resembles Perennial Geranium Leaf?

Sue, that is a lot of weed.

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