What is this plant?

Asked April 25, 2018, 11:10 AM EDT

Hi Expert, this plant came out of nowhere and is trying to take over my garden. It is not easy to remove by hand because the stems break off so it has to be dug out. What is it, and how can I discourage it?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This may be a native perennial geranium: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c870 Flowers are purple-pink. This is sold as a groundcover.

There is also a "weed" geranium, which is also native, which is appropriate for natural areas. It has white to light pink flowers. Leaves vary, but don't look too much like yours.

At any rate, you might want to let it bloom so you can id it, and then decide what you want to do. If it is too happy and aggressive where it is, you may be able to use it elsewhere as a groundcover--win-win.