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very wispy tiny ground cover

Discussion in 'What Am I? Plant Identification' started by flowerbug, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. Jul 24, 2019
    flowerbug

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    for those of you familiar with creeping phlox at first i thought this plant was it because i had been trying to transplant it along the same edge a few years ago but it didn't take. so i thought perhaps this was a spot that managed to survive after all and left it alone. except now it is a much smaller plant and clearly not creeping phlox.

    until today when i was weeding through the creeping thyme and there was this patch of fuzz flowering very tiny yellow or pale to white even flowers. about 1-3mm across and cup shaped flowers on strands about 2 inches tall.

    the plant is very fine leaved. wispy and grows even lower than the creeping thyme (which only gets a few inches tall). it managed to survive growing in a pretty good dense mat of the creeping thyme.

    i can't get a picture (broken camera not replaced yet).

    i surely don't need yet another invasive or difficult to weed out plant here so i'm going to continue to remove it on sight. there's not much of it growing in there yet but now that i know it isn't creeping phlox it is coming out.

    i was tempted as it was to get the shovel out and remove that entire area to make sure i got it all, but it does grow very slowly so it probably won't be an issue to eradicate it. and i really hated to damage that creeping thyme plant as it had filled in so nicely along that edge.

    it came in with the creeping thyme in the potted plant we got from the greenhouse.

    so it has been there a few years now. hopefully i got most of it removed today.

    the creeping thyme is doing well and i enjoy the smell of it when weeding. i have to weed it a few times a year because of the oxalis (creeping sorrell or something like that) and all the other seeds that have come from the birdsfoot trefoil or other wind blown seeds. so far not much grass has been getting in there. just once in a while i get some crabgrass sprouting in there or the purselane and the chickweed which wants to take over if given a chance. plantains, goldenrods, daisies, etc... always plenty of variety of weeds blowing in or coming in from the birds droppings or even the deer doodoos.
     

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