Can anyone identify this weed?


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Is anyone able to identify this weed please? It's sprung up out of nowhere in a week and there are a lot that come up to around waist height. Want to make sure I remove them in the correct way without potentially spreading them all round the garden as they've grown so quickly
 

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Could be Rosebay Willowherb.

Also known as Fireweed, it colonised bomb sites during the blitz.
 
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Could be Rosebay Willowherb.

Also known as Fireweed, it colonised bomb sites during the blitz.
That seems correct, looks like there's some digging for me to do in the morning before they flower!
 
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View attachment 80943 Lovely in a wild garden :)
They are pretty but unfortunately my garden isn't big enough to let them grow wild. Shame as I was letting that side of the garden run a little wild as the bees and butterflies like it and our friendly garden hedgehog has made himself a little home in there ☹
 

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It'll spread by rhizomes if you let it run, you're right to not want it in a small garden. Some non invasive stuff would be better. Long grass can be very effective for wildlife cover, loads of hedgehog poo around our wildflower meadow and it hasn't even got established yet :)

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It'll spread by rhizomes if you let it run, you're right to not want it in a small garden. Some non invasive stuff would be better. Long grass can be very effective for wildlife cover, loads of hedgehog poo around our wildflower meadow and it hasn't even got established yet :)

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We've been waiting a few years to cut the wild side back but every year our hedgehog friend (or the offspring now) wanders out of there and we're fairly sure they're hibernating in the undergrowth and don't want to disturb them. 7 years they've been there now so pretty sure they have squatters rights in my garden!
 

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They like having it their own way, one of ours didn't like the new fence I put in :D

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They like having it their own way, one of ours didn't like the new fence I put in :D

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We've actually just been discussing what to do about fencing as we need a new one putting up but don't want to trap Spike in the garden. May just leave him a gap somewhere purposefully so he doesn't knock down the whole fence!
 

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We've actually just been discussing what to do about fencing as we need a new one putting up but don't want to trap Spike in the garden. May just leave him a gap somewhere purposefully so he doesn't knock down the whole fence!

Good idea, they can climb but have built in bolt croppers and prefer to go straight through. We had one kipping in the porch a while back.

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