I'm interested in identifying this weed so as to find a method of controlling it. This weed grows in the same location each year.
I recognize this plant as I was weeding one out today. It is Creeping bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides. Although many Campanula are welcome additions to the garden and well behaved this one is not.
- hairy stems
- heart-shaped, irregularly toothed leaves
- white tubers can be found by digging up the area
- tubular blue flowers on a long stem in late summer
Looks like this
This plant is deceptive as it looks innocuous when small. A native of Europe it is naturalized all over North America. In late summer it sends up a stalk with the familiar blue trumpet shaped flowers.
It does not stay where you find it and can spread out of control. It seems to favour moister soils but I have seen it contained in dry dusty soil under house eaves.
It can be stopped by digging a 6 to 8 inch (12- 16 cm) deep ditch and lining it with pond liner (40 mm EPDM, not pool grade). Backfill,top with flagstone and hope for the best as "eliminating it is nearly impossible".
Of course chemical controls such as Roundup are available but are not a guarantee.
More labour intensive but organic control methods such as smothering with paper or cardboard are described here.
My guess is plantain. plantain Where is this location? Do you remember the flowers? If you don't allow these guys to go to seed you'll be able to pretty much control them in one year or two. Pulling or hoeing while they are small. Don't wait for the flowers. If you could find a decomposed organic mulch, pile at least 2" and no seeds will be able to germinate. Along with dandelions, plantain is a pretty cool weed to have around if SHTF! Grins... healthiest weeds