13th March 2018 at 1:33 pm #45577
Charles and team,
I am starting my first spring in a new garden in Italy and the beds I created last autumn are full of these seedlings (see photo). It has been a very wet winter and soil is not in great condition. The seedlings are low growing and starting to branch out. I have identified other weeds but can’t seem to name this – can you advise what it might be so I can decide how to treat it?
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.14th March 2018 at 6:23 pm #45604
Not that good at guessing games but I would expect that to be Borago Offinalis (Borage)
Useful as a herb, as a pollinator attractor and I’m told , good to add to a G&T !! If you need to transplant them, use a trowel and scoop up as a root ball when not much bigger than now.15th March 2018 at 12:20 pm #45610
Thanks for your reply. If this were borage that would be great (I even just ordered borage seeds!) but I don’t see any wrinkles in the leaves. I think my photo may have been misleading. Here is another of a plant in place (you can also see my poor soil 🙂 just waiting for compost overlay, as soon as I work out what to do with these seedlings). Hairy leaves, red stems, the ruler is in centimeters.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.15th March 2018 at 8:47 pm #45618
Unconditionally withdraw my suggestion in the light of new photograph!!
Do not believe that I’ve ever placed my hoe to this, so am confident its not a common ‘nasty’.
Will be pleased to learn when identified, is it in the UK. Thats certainly a rocky mixture you have- does it get better with depth?16th March 2018 at 7:55 am #45667
Hi Rbp, it’s definitely not borage, as Cleansweep writes. I’ve sent your photo to a plant expert I know, if she comes back with an identification, I’ll let you know what she says.16th March 2018 at 7:56 am #45668
Is it forget-me-not? You can check against this helpful site http://theseedsite.co.uk/weeds4.html
Beverley16th March 2018 at 8:16 am #45669
It looks maddeningly familiar, but finding a name is another matter! I picked some forget-me-not to compare. It’s similar, but not forget-me-not!17th March 2018 at 1:01 pm #45683
Thank you all for your responses. Thanks to theseedsite.co.uk weed identifier and a bit more googling I think we have an answer! Clustered Mouse Ear (Cerastium glomeratum). Looks like it’s got to go…
Happy gardening.17th March 2018 at 8:38 pm #45688
Ah so its been determined, fantastic, perhaps I shall sleep better tonight!
If as described, its an annual so off with its head . No flowering, no seeding, no digging, its a past weed.Another one bites the dust.21st March 2018 at 7:43 am #45738
Rbp – it taken a while but the plant experts have responded. They did find that without any flowers it is rather difficult to identify the plant, but one of them also thinks it’s a Cerastium – good luck with dealing with them.23rd March 2018 at 11:19 am #45757
Thanks Hawfinch, I appreciate your efforts. Cerastium makes sense. I have “dealt” with them already, I don’t want to wait for flowers!
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