Plant ID forum→Please help me identify this weed. It is ruining my yard.

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Buffalo, New York
infrequentlyoutside
Jun 8, 2020 1:14 PM CST
I live in western New York and have this weed I cannot control. It shows up every spring/early summer and despite gallons of roundup it just keeps coming back. It grows to about 8-10 inches and then bends over at the top.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 11:06 AM CST
Welcome!

Does it bloom? Dig one up and show us the roots.

I would think its an Epipactis but, if it is, I'm surprised you haven't gotten an ID.
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infrequentlyoutside
Jun 9, 2020 1:34 PM CST
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I looked online at some additional photos of Epipactis helleborine and that is what it is. The root structure and flowers look just like that. Any suggestions on how to rid myself of this?? It is growing in my Ivy ground cover, pachysandra, and beds. I cant really dig it out . Is Roundup my best approach?? Or just keep cutting it down as it pops up?? Or learn to love it :(-Ha Ha
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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Jun 9, 2020 1:45 PM CST
infrequentlyoutside said:I cant really dig it out . Is Roundup my best approach?? Or just keep cutting it down as it pops up?? Or learn to love it :(-Ha Ha
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If you want to kill it, roundup is your best solution. Just chopping it down over and over again will be much more work.

But, if you have plants nearby that you want kept alive, then I would recommend using chemicals. It might spread to them and kill them.
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jvdubb
Jun 9, 2020 5:19 PM CST
I am also now battling this thug. This article mentions a version of Round-up that is not sprayed on. I can't find it in stores around here. But I. Hope to find it online

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/...
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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2020 5:40 PM CST
Here's our database page with photos and information for Broad-Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

This reference page refers to it as the only alien orchid found in N.Y. state: http://www.adirondackvic.org/A...

This page says it's difficult to kill: https://www.arboretum.harvard....

Adirondacks page with photos and information: https://wildadirondacks.org/ad...
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 7:27 PM CST
Roundup may be the best option but, you will have to spray it once a week for the rest of the summer to kill it. Some plants just don't like to die.
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Buffalo, New York
infrequentlyoutside
Jun 9, 2020 8:27 PM CST
Thanks everyone. I appreciate your help.

JVDubb, I found the roundup gel on Amazon Prime ($10.00ish with free shipping). Hope this works and thanks for the suggestion.


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