Oxalis corniculata

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Elpe

Oxalis corniculata

It's driving me mad! As fast as I dig it up, it appears somewhere else. And I even saw it for sale in a local nursery - madness! If anyone has the answer, I'd love to know.

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Welshcookie

Oxalis

Weedkiller, boiling water, flame thrower.

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Kayb

Oxalis

Welsh Cookie, please don't root up your Oxalis. If you like sour tasting leaves they go very well in a salad - in fact - if you have any spare send them to me, we used to eat them by the handful when I was a child.
Karen

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Elpe

Oxalis

Hmm, I reckon I'd have nothing left in my garden if I used weedkiller but maybe I'll combine Bonfire Night with a flame throwing session! As for eating it - well, I quite like a bit of variety in my menus! It really is the most persistent, albeit pretty little pest.

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sandra

Oxalis

Elpe
Everywhere in my garden but think "ground cover" rather than "pest" !
Seriously, some invasive plants I have just accepted and if you need to plant dig up and carry on. Makes not a blind bit of difference of course to your "problem"
but better than fretting.

Just imagine Japanese Knotweed as the alternative - see, already you're feeling !!

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sandra

Oxalis

Should have read "feeling happier".
Sorry.

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sam from worthing

Oxalis

thank you for answering a question i have wanted to know for ages.

i google pictured what oxalis is....and i have it abundant in this garden - i hate it, especially when you hear the seeds pop and crackle off - cos you just know its going to be in a flower pot or everwhere in the borders in a weeks time - its root system is enormous isn;t it.

i always thought it was a clover, of some kind.

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Kayb

Sam's plant

Sam, are you sure it's oxalis that you have in the garden. They don't have a large root system, just corms; and the way you describe them 'popping' to self seed, they sound more like a Spurge. By the way , we used to call oxalis 'wood sorrel' when I was a child.
Karen

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Elpe

Oxalis corniculata

I find it easy to remove and I try not to shake it so the seeds won't spread but it just keeps appearing! I believe it's also known as Creeping Woodsorrel. We've lived in this house for 35 years and it's only in the last few years that oxalis has been such a pest. Just as well it's like low ground cover under and around other plants and not like Himalayan Balsam - heaven help us if that was to appear in the garden!

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persistent weeds

Just in case anyone is interested there is a double strength glycophosphate available now that will get rid of japanese knotweed. It has been around for years but was previously only sold commercially, not in garden centres.

I can vouch it works, as we have eradicated a large patch.

For anyone worried about weed killers, it is a systematic herbicide ie acts on the plant and does not poison the soil.

 
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