I've just moved into a new house and these weeds are dominating the garden.

Any idea what they are or the best way to control them?

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  • I'd have to see flowers to be certain, but it looks quite a bit like borage. – baka Apr 9 '12 at 19:03
  • @baka, aren't the leaf edges wrong for borage? – Ed Staub Apr 10 '12 at 17:15
  • Dan, can you give a more specific location? Maybe someone could find it more easily searching for your area. – J. Musser Apr 25 '12 at 2:25

I think it might be a member of the borage family: lungwort - pulmonaria, because of the white speckles on the leaves. Lungwort likes shade and moist soil, although it will grow in dry soil. Here is a link with more information: PULMONARIA

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  • When I search for PULMONARIA on google images, none of the photos seems to match this plant, the leaves are a different size and shape. – Dan Apr 15 '12 at 20:27

I'm almost certain this is borage. Its roots and leaves are very similar to those of countless borage plants that I've dug out of the garden. Sometimes they've been almost as thick as my wrist and going down 2ft into the ground (pick them out while they're young!) There are various members of the borage family. If it has star shapes flowers then it's borage, if it doesn't then it could be green alkanet. Borage is everywhere in London and the southeast, can't say it was ever a weed I tangled with up north.

Best way to control it, unless you don't want to use roundup (which I don't) is to just dig them out!

EDIT: looking at the plants I've got, some of which have round blue flowers and white spots to the leaves, I think this is green alcanet

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