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laneway weed - keep it or unwanted invasive?


 
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: laneway weed - keep it or unwanted invasive? Reply with quote

Attached photo of a plant that is popping up all along our rural driveway. Is it a beneficial plant (and leave it in place)? Or is it an undesirable invasive one that should be removed? ID Please? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it have square stems and do the leaves smell of anything? It looks like a member of the mint/deadnettle family, Labiatae.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't smell of much, but it does seem like it comes from the Lamiaceae family. At first I thought is was Ajuga, but it is quite bushy. So, not sure. Stems aren't perfectly round (not fully square either). I'll take some close-ups later. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it could be Common Figwort (native) AKA Carpenter's Square AKA Scrophularia nodosa.
Blooms from June to about September.
Strong smell which we hate but moths and other insects love.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you add pics to this thread when it is taller./has flowers.
I cannot see enough detail from your general pic to be sure of a correct id.
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