I'm in Norfolk VA.
I intended there to be only tomatoes in this planter.
But now I have this.
The blue ruler shown is 6 inches long, to give you a scale.
What on earth is it? I have spent an hour surfing for weed identifier
websites and they show nothing like it. Is this a weed? Is this an
annual? I planted pansies and marigolds and other common annuals in
nearby planters and this stuff is popping up in all of them.
Help! Thanks very much.
It looks like a very healthy form of smartweed (polygonoum). If so, they
you have your work cut out for you. I have this stuff everywhere and it is
hard to eliminate. It is an annual that forms spikes of very tiny
> ... It is an annual that forms spikes of very tiny
That sounds like what we know as "lady's thumb" because of the
thumbprint on the leaves. However, our version has somewhat thinner
leaves than the picture. It doesn't get very tall, maybe 18". The small
flower clusters aren't much to look at. It pulls out easily, but there's
always more growing.
I've found that the better the conditions, the larger the plant grows (like
most things, I guess.) The leaves can be fairly small, to rather large,
like in the picture. The stuff I have doesn't pull out that easily,
especially in heavy, clay soil. The piece that remains happily continues to
grow. The stuff can be rather stealthy in that it will grow among my
astilbes and is hard to distinguish. It's nasty stuff that invades the lawn
and just about anyplace there is bare spot for it to germinate. Since I
live on a wooded lot, there is a reservoir of the stuff waiting to sow its
seeds in my lawn and planting beds.
A very nice picture of Persicaria in its young stage, In good fertile soil
with adequate water it will grow about 2 ft tall and with a spread of up to
4 ft or more, stems will root when they are resting on the ground for a time
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