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Can anybody tell me what this terrible weed is. It grows out of the walls in the garden and has such thick roots that it actually pushes the wall apart. I've Tried to cut it back, poison it and even pull bits of it out of the wall but I can't kill it. Can anybody give advice as to how to get rid of it. P-L-E-A-S-E.




It looks like Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum). It has cute little pink flowers, but boy, can it be a pest! Anything that will kill Purslane will kill it, but be sure to protect surrounding plants. I use something containing trimec, along with a surfactant to keep it on the leaves. Good luck!

11 Apr, 2010


I doubt if Talinum paniculatum is to be found growing in Swansea.
Still whatever it is all you can do is to paint the leaves with Roundup. You can buy a thicker version of it, but mixed with a non fungicidal wall paper paste it will stick to the leaves. You will have to repeat the process a fair number of times to be successful. Oh and buy the undiluted Round up not the ready ixed, if you are going to add it to anything to make it stick to the leaves.

11 Apr, 2010


If you have some sort of a blow torch. The cookery ones are readily available. maybe that would work after grubbing out the leaves. A good going over the crevice with heat might do the trick. Just a thought that this is worth a try. Years ago we had a long tube that made a fearsome roar to burn off weeds from pavings.

11 Apr, 2010


It's not Centranthus, is it? Does it have pink or white flowers a bit later on?

I'd agree with Owdboggie. It will take time to get rid of it.

11 Apr, 2010


don,t know which these have as I hav'nt seen the flowers on these yet, but we did have one or two in the last property and they had losely packed pink or white pom pom like flowers ( I have also seen them in red) In the last property they were making the garden wall fall down as their roots grow right down into the brickwork. so I hope I can get rid of them before they do the same here.

11 Apr, 2010


I'd agree with you if it is Centranthus. You do need to take action!

Good luck.

11 Apr, 2010


and you know i have never been able to grow it. despite several attempts.

11 Apr, 2010


It grows like weeds down here, Sbg, and usually in people's walls. I like it, but I daren't have it anywhere near our stone walls, as it seeds itself into cracks - then watch the wall fall apart!!

11 Apr, 2010


yes I've noticed it in the strangest of places.

11 Apr, 2010


Pretty, though.............

11 Apr, 2010


I'm curious, why wouldn't Jewels of Opar be found in Swansea? Although it is a native of the American Southwest, it comes from higher elevations, is quite frost hardy, and isn't particularly dependant on heat. Just for my own education, if you all are willing!

12 Apr, 2010


I don't know what it is, Tugbrethil. Do you know what the latin name is, please?

12 Apr, 2010


Talinum paniculatum


a.k.a. Fameflower

12 Apr, 2010

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