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A weed is an unwanted plant but sometimes weeds can also be pretty. Here is a list of common garden weeds.

 Cats Ear

Family Asteraceae
Name Hypochaeris radicata
Common Name Cats ear

Cats ear look a lot like dandelion, but one can tell them apart by looking at the flower stem. Cats ear flower stems are branched, whereas dandelion's are not.



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Flower

 Creeping Buttercup

Family Ranunculaceae
Name Ranunculus repens
Common Name Creeping Buttercup
Etymology
Ranunculus From Latin ranunculus meaning tadpole, referring to the plant's habbit of growing in marshes and bogs.

This creeping weed colonises poorly drained soils. It produces stolons which root and grow into new plants (much like a strawberry).


 Dandelion

Family Asteraceae
Name Taraxacum officinale
Common Name Dandelion
Etymology
Taraxacum From Arabic taraxacum meaning dandelion.
officinale from officina, the name of the storeroom in a monastery where herbs and medicines are stored, referring to the medicinal properties of the plant.

This perennial has a long tap root and a rosette of leaves. If it is pulled and a bit of the tap root remains, a new plant will grow from the remnant. The leaves are edible, though bitter. The roots are sometimes used to make dandelion coffee, a coffee substitute.



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Flower

Seed head

 Herb Robert


Flower
Family Geraniaceae
Name Geranium robertianum
Common Names Herb Robert, Red Robin, Robert Geranium
Etymology
Geranium From Greek geranos meaning crane, referring to the beak-like fruit.

The grranium produces fern like foliage on red wiry stems and small pink flowers. The plant gives off a pungent smell when rubbed. It is sometimes used by herbalists.

Non-weedy geranium: Giant Geranium.



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Flower and Leaves

 Lantana


Flowers
Family Verbenaceae
Name Lantana camara

Lantana is a very invasive weed, producing large quantities of black coloured berries that are then eaten and spread by birds.

 Pale Flax

Family Linaceae
Name Linum bienne
Common Name Pale Flax
Etymology
Linum From Latin linum meaning flax.
bienne From Latin bienne meaning lasting two years.

Pale flax has narrow stems and leaves and pale blue flowers. It is sometimes grown as a garden plant.



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Flower

Flower and seed head. Flower and seed head.

Flower

 Common Mullein


Flowers and Seeds
Family Scrophulariaceae
Name Verbascum thapsus
Common Names Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Wooly Mullein
Etymology
Verbascum From Latin barbatum meaning beard, corruption of.
thapsus From Sicily (Latinised).

The common mullein is a weed introduced from Europe. Related to foxgloves, it grows a basal rosette or leaves and a long inflorescence. Common along road sides and disturned soils. Some people use this as a medicinal herb.

 Onion Weed


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Family Alliaceae
Name Alium triquetrum
Common Names Onion Weed, Three Cornered Garlic
Etymology
Allium From Latin alium meaning garlic, one of the species in the genus.

This quick growing noxious weed spreads through seeds as well as bulbs. When crushed it gives off a smell reminiscent of onion and garlic.


Clump of Onion Weeds

 Scarlet Pimpernel


Family Primulaceae
Name Anagallis arvensis
Common Name Scarlet Pimpernel

This creeping annual weed is often found in garden and veggie beds. Its distinguising feature is its small scarlet flowers.

 Scrambling Speedwell

Family Scrophulariaceae
Name Veronica persica
Common Name Scrambling Speedwell
Etymology
Veronica Named after Saint Veronica, from the Bible.
persica From Persia (Latinised).

This small creeping weed is often the first to colonise newly cultivated soil. Its distinguising feature is its small blue flowers.



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Flower

 Scrub Balsam

Family Balsaminaceae
Name Impatiens sodenii
Common Name Scrub Balsam
Etymology
Impatiens From Latin impatiens meaning impatient, referring to the seed pod's habbit of bursting open.

This large shrub has pretty pink flowers. It spreads through seed as well as self layering.


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 Scrambling Fumitory


Family Fumariaceae
Name Fumaria muralis
Common Name Scrambling Fumitory
Etymology
Fumaria From Latin fumus meaning smoke.

This creeping annual can quickly smother smaller plants. The flowers have a distinctive darker tip.

 Thistle


Flower
Family Asteraceae
Name Cirsium vulgare
Common Name Scotch Thistle
Etymology
Cirsium From Greek kirsion meaning a kind of thistle.
vulgare From Latin vulgaris meaning common.

This biennial weed grows a rosette of leaves with lots of sharp spines. In the second year, it produces a tall spike with pinky purple flowers.


Seed Head

 Woolly Nightshade

Family Solanaceae
Name Solanum mauritianum
Common Name Woolly Nightshade
Etymology
Solanum From Latin solamen meaning source of comfort, referring to the soothing effects of certain species when ingested.
mauritianum From Mauritius (Latinised).

Woolly nightshade is a large shrub to small tree. The leaves have fine hairs that can irritate the skin. The berries are poisonous.



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