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Q.I Have A Plant/weed That I Can’t Get Rid Of.

Zone Oxfordshire, England | Anonymous added on September 12, 2022 | Answered

I have inherited a plant not sure if it’s a weed that I don’t like.it has large very prickly leaves and tiny blue flowers and it has taken over so small patch in my garden. I pulled it all up last Autumn but it has come back even bigger. Help!

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Answered on September 21, 2022

It looks like borage, which is an herb. The mature plants have a deep taproot. That means if you pull it up, you must get the whole root or it will regrow, as you know. You can continue to dig them out as they show; young plants will pull easier, or you can use a non-selective herbicide with glyphosate that will kill the plant down to the roots. It will also kill anything else nearby that the spray touches so be careful with application. Always read and follow instructions on the pesticide label when using.

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