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Just now, garjo said:

Horse tail or sometimes called maretail, it's a seed and difficult to get rid of

Brilliant, thanks, it’s all over the woodland trust land here and has spread onto the estate... The kids wanted to plant it in the garden...guess not!

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10 minutes ago, JDog said:

Yes horse tail or mares tail, Hippuris vulgaris.

As has been said very difficult to get rid of. It is an ancient plant, fossils of which are often found in coal deposits.

Makes sense, it does look quite cool (on someone else’s land) very Jurassic Park... Almost as cool as the huge Rhubarb looking stuff that we also have...

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3 minutes ago, JDog said:

The 'rhubarb looking stuff' may well be Gunnera. 

Yep, that’s the stuff! , it’s flipping huge and spiky... good for sheltering under when it rains..  Quite the botanist me!

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17 minutes ago, Mice! said:

dug some up last week, about a foot of root came up, between the drive and neighbours garden wall.

You should kill it before trying to sell your house. Some Surveyors and Building Societies consider it only just behind Japanese Knotweed in terms of problems with surveys.

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27 minutes ago, JDog said:

You should kill it before trying to sell your house. Some Surveyors and Building Societies consider it only just behind Japanese Knotweed in terms of problems with surveys.

Didn't know that, its never really spread, it pops up amongst some stones at the side of drive, but the misses was having a tidy, have to see if any come back?

talking about knotweed, someone had wrote in to the paper last week saying they had sprayed it when in flower even though it should have been done earlier but nothing had come up the next year?

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Marestail . Spread round ours like mad , New stuff grows from the broken bits as well .

Roseate did the job but you need to bruise the plants before/during spraying every 2 weeks . Took  the best part of 2 years to clear and still the odd bit pops up .

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Jim McColl of the Beechgrove garden put on rubber gloves then put a sock on each hand and dipped them into a bucket of round-up and gripped each plant and stroked upwards, he said the gloves rub of the waxy stuff and the round-up goes in then. I really saw this it was not a dream!?

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19 hours ago, JDog said:

Yes horse tail or mares tail, Hippuris vulgaris.

As has been said very difficult to get rid of. It is an ancient plant, fossils of which are often found in coal deposits.

horse tail...an indicator of poor drainage.......and as jdog says a relation of what formed most of our coal deposits...except that genus was belived to be 30-50ft high...the reason why coal formed (so im told) is because the flora grew fell down and laid there but didnt rot away as fungi and stuff wernt present to rot away the fallen flora as the bugs and stuff wernt sufficantly advanced to deal with it

 

EDIT just checked my plant book and as i said previous 30-50ft tall (some genus)...described as a "living fossil" (like me)...growth height 30metres ...not 30ft..

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