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Weed ID and crontrol question #790652

Asked May 13, 2022, 3:24 PM EDT

Hello! Can you help ID this lawn invader? It stays low to the ground. I've never seen it blossom. It seems to spread by its roots, in patches, gradually more every year. It seems resistant to "weed 'n feed." I once even directly sprayed it, yet it seemed only mildly annoyed. I'm not recognizing this in online photos anywhere. Photo attached. Thanks!

Ramsey County Minnesota

Expert Response

The lawn weed is creeping bellflower.  It bears flowers when it's undisturbed in favorable growing conditions but not in lawns where it's cut back frequently.

Creeping bellflower is notoriously difficult to manage because it's  herbicide resistant and deeply rooted. Any root fragments that remain in the soil generate new plants.

Learn more here:

https://apps.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/weed/broadleaf/creeping/bellflower.html

https://www.ramseymastergardeners.org/post/creeping-bellflower
Bob Bystrom Replied May 13, 2022, 8:35 PM EDT

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