Anyone want to plant name that weed/flower?

gjcoreApril 7, 2011

I've never seen this plant in my garden before but it sure seems to be popping up all around. Does anyone have a guess as to what this is? The picture quality could be better as I broke my digital camera not long ago and have to use my phone for now.

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gjcore

Sorry the post name should have been Anyone want to "play" name that weed/flower?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 2:12PM
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digit(ID/WA)

Well, I certainly have this one as a weed in my garden; could it be the same:

Here is a link that might be useful: Cutleaf Geranium CalPhoto's

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 2:27PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

The leaves are similar to a geranium, but I think it's something far more dangerous! I'm almost certain you have ground ivy, Glechoma hederacea! Nasty stuff! It's in the mint family, so check the stems and see if they feel square to you. If so, that pretty much confirms it! Do anything and everything you can to get rid of it before it gets totally out of hand. It spreads aggressively by runners, and I'm pretty sure it "violently" reseeds too! Stop it now!

Google for images of ground ivy and you should find plenty of pics to be sure if that's what you have.

Good luck,
Skybird

P.S. Believe it or not, that stuff is still sold commercially as a ground cover! Especially the variegated version! Well--it DEFINITELY does COVER GROUND!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 4:28PM
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conace55(z5 CO)

Also of the mint family, I think it resembles this....

Henbit - Lamium amplexicaule

Connie

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 5:34PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Wow! They're sure close! I think you get the prize, Connie! I'm not familiar with that one!

Let us know what you decide it is, GJ!

Skybird

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 5:42PM
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digit(ID/WA)

Fragrance would be an indication of ground ivy.

Does henbit schtink like that? Both would have square stems.

It may have to stop snowing first but I'll soon have lots of the geranium weeds, sorry to say . . .

Steve

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 6:58PM
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mstywoods(z5, Westminster, CO)

Yep, I have that stuff, too. When I first moved to CO and found this growing, and thought "Oh, how nice. A wild geranium!". Didn't take too long to figure out it was a weed that indeed would come up everywhere. Kinda of nice for areas you don't want to do anything with, and have something green growing. But it does get fairly invasive, so a nuisance in areas you don't want it. I found it fairly easy to pull up, but it just keeps coming back if you don't put some kind of weed control spay on it.

Marj

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 7:08PM
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gjcore

Yes it seems to be the Henbit. I'll pull or hoe it for now. I'm reserving the roundup for bindweed. I try to be organic as possible but I'm not against spot spraying. That said I bombed a third of my front lawn today with roundup and then threw 4 inches of compost over it.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 10:49PM
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