Tough Weed

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Date Photo Taken: 06/02/2014
Location: Springfield, VA
Posted By: colvic


This plant is very hard to kill. It is almost impossible to pull from the ground without breaking off at the stems. It seems to spread through a lot of roots. It can grow quite tall if left alone. It has taken over my garden at the side of my house. What is it and how can I kill it?


  1. Metrosideros Flower Fanatic says:

    Maybe a Rumex, Dock.

    Can you show more details of the plant, close-up? Leaves, flowers, seedheads?

    June 3rd, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  2. colvic Apprentice says:

    I will leave some close up pics.

    June 4th, 2014 at 7:34 am
  3. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Definitely rumex.
    Considered edible.

    Dig out.
    Expect a tap root…. Digs out better if soil is moist.

    June 4th, 2014 at 9:55 am
  4. colvic Apprentice says:

    I have posted close up pictures under Tough Weed – Part2

    June 4th, 2014 at 10:39 am
  5. colvic Apprentice says:

    The leaves look like a Rumex but most pictures I see of Rumex show the leaves clustered at the bottom of the plant and then stems shooting up to seeds. That is not the case with my plants.

    June 4th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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