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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:23 am    Post subject: Can someone help identify this ground cover? Reply with quote

Hello,

I have this plant that has started sprouting up everywhere in my backyard. Can anyone identify this plant?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My eyesight aint what it used to be dcarter299. Any chance you could put up a bigger picture?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Here is a bigger picture Reply with quote

Sorry about that... the picture isn't that small, here is one that should work.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like a version of that curse of a plant/weed Japanese Knotweed. Let me guess it grows like the bejesus and as soon as you pull it, it resprouts.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:02 am    Post subject: thank you Reply with quote

Thanks for the help.

Yes, it seems (at least feels like) to grow by inches a day. I have decided that it is growing in an area that I will let it grow as ground cover.

One question, does anyone know how to keep it contained in that area and keep it low to the ground?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say it is close to the knotweed alright verge



This is Polygonum capitatum, known as smartweed to some. I'm sure you will agree it has very similar stems and marking on the leaves.
Pretty flower too, but then it is not an invasive weed in my garden. Smile

How to keep it contained in that area and keep it low to the ground?
Well if you dug it out of the areas where it is not required, then installed a encircling vertical barrier of builders film, strong plastic or pond liner to a depth of 60cm, that will prevent it spreading by root.
Then just hoe away any that appear by seed.
Keep it low on a small scale with a hedge shears or on a large scale with regular use of a lawn mower. Laughing I believe it is that tough.
However be careful where the cut pieces are blown or dumped as like the knotweed I know, it may resprout from fragments.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:05 am    Post subject: Yes, that is it exactly Reply with quote

Thank you for the help.

Yes, that is the exact plant... same markings and I have seen the same blooms on a few of the older plants.
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