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Weeds or not: pretty anyway

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Jack Sparrow, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Jack Sparrow

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    I currently have several clumps of this growing where my rockery used to be. The whole plant measure 4/5" across by 3ish" high. There are dark green clover like leaves turning a lovely plum colour. The small buttercup yellow flowers stand on long stems. I'm sure it's a weed but could it be cultivated as looks as though it could be useful if controlled properly?

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      It is a weed.....think it is an oxalis....but it is troublesome. Once you have it you never lose it. Springs up everywhere and anywhere and will colonise.
      Dig it out Gary.....I know, pretty flowers, pretty coloured foliage :nonofinger: Do not be deceived and allow any to prosper.
      I dont know how it came here but I suspect it was in compost or bought in plant.:dunno:
       
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        Yes - it's oxalis corniculata. In my experience not as invasive as its bigger, pink-flowered relative oxalis latifolia - that's the one I root out on sight, the corniculata I tolerate in a few otherwise-hard-to-get-anything-to-grow spots. Oxalis/RHS Gardening
         
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          I've got one that I purposefully planted @Jack Sparrow :redface: It's a lovely plant and I've not had any issues with spread yet...but it's only been there this year, so I guess next summer will be telling. Didn't realise it had a bad reputation - I actually paid for mine! :doh:
           
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            Not really something to put into the garden....it WILL cause problems eventually. Self seeds and then colonises. :sad:
             
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            I threw mine away. There are still tiny bits in the cracks. They will have to wait for the next major patio clean up.

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            I have that in my garden. I keep pulling and pulling - always in the hope I'm getting to it before it flowers - and it keeps popping up! I think it must also be in the neighbours garden and the 'explosive' seed is flying into mine (along with his bindweed; wheat from his bird seed and other irritating things :heehee: ) :doh:
             
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              Yeah, it's an absolute s*d growing between patio slabs.
               
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