Plant ID forum: Invasive garden plant identification

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Swindon, England, United Kingd
cksmyth
Jul 4, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Hello,
I found your site while trawling through various plant identification sites. I have just moved into a new house and I have found a plant in my back yard that is sprouting everywhere and is very difficult to remove. The individual shoots appear to be interconnected by underground roots. When I pull one shoot up, it usually breaks at the soil level and, a while later, new shoots appear. If I leave a shoot to grow, it can grow to a height of at least six to eight inches.
I thought at first that it was limited to my beds but I have since found it growing in my lawn too.
One time, in April this year, I found three stalks sprouting together that looked like fungus flowering stalks, with a bulb on the top that shed spores when I touched it. I pulled these up and I haven't seen anything similar sprout since.
I am confused as to whether it is a fungus or a weed. I applied some weedkiller to a few of them and waited a few days but they appeared to be unaffected.
I would be grateful if you could identify this plant for me and suggest means to rid my yard of it.
Regards and happy 4th of July!
Chris
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 4, 2017 1:48 PM CST
Maybe Horsetail weed?
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Swindon, England, United Kingd
cksmyth
Jul 4, 2017 1:54 PM CST
Thank you, crawgarden, for your prompt reply! I looked up horsetail weed and the description and pictures clearly confirm that is my mystery weed.
I am not encouraged by the description of how deep the roots go and how difficult it is to remove, but I'll have a go.
Thanks again for your help.
Regards,
Chris
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 4, 2017 1:56 PM CST
I find this if it helps any: http://www.squamishchief.com/o...

Have you ever made it over to Bretforton?
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Swindon, England, United Kingd
cksmyth
Jul 4, 2017 2:36 PM CST
Thanks for that link. The more I investigate, the more bad news I find regarding this plant. It is an interesting plant though, with an ancient pedigree, pity it's taking over my yard!
No, I haven't been to Bretforton but I have been in that area called the Vale of Evesham and it is lovely, typically english country. Well worth a visit in the summertime when it doesn't rain quite so much :)
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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crawgarden
Jul 4, 2017 3:47 PM CST
It is a beautiful area, used to spend my summers there! Interesting place in Bretforton..the Fleece Inn.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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