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Weeds or not: pretty anyway

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

  1. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow Super Gardener

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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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    Verdun Passionate gardener

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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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