Perennial, member of the Boraginaceae Family. Spreads quickly via the rhizome or spores and creates dense stands of foliage. Gardeners may buy these 'thug' plants unaware that, once established and given the right growing conditions, they can run amok. The overview. Any advise would be most welcome. If you let it go to seed you will end up with a garden full of it. MothershipG Sun 27-Apr-14 21:49:36. However, green alkanet is also full of nitrogen. Thank you. Infested with green alkanet/evergreen bugloss/alkanet - how do I get rid off it? We want to keep some of it but despite a lot of digging, it keeps coming back where we don't want it. It was a terrible problem here, but I dug loads up early last year and it's significantly reduced. I do everything I can to get the whole root (and mine were very established due … as green alkanet. It has long and tenacious roots. Common Name: Field Horsetail / Common Horsetail Latin name: Equisetum arvense In Detail. Green Alkanet. Yes, it's pretty and the bees love it but it's taking over the garden. Or look at your horsetails as blessings: they contain lots of potassium. You keep the herbal plant Green Alkanet (considered by many as weed as it is a opportunity plant who loves damp places). Here's a link so you can see a picture Nasty invasive stuff with a long tap root that is impossible to completely remove and fine spiky hairs that go right through my gardening gloves. Tomatoes need lots of potassium. I think so. It is also rather prickly and can sting like nettles. Most gardeners are aware of the problems caused by weeds, but there are garden plants - readily available to buy - that have the potential to become a nuisance. Your leaves are slightly more pointy than mine but if it's sort of spiky and abrasive then it's geen alkanet. You will find plenty of caterpillars there who will feed on their leaves as they contain more juices than other plants.In fact it will keep snails and Slugs also away from your other plants as they will preferably eat these. Scientific Name: Pentaglottis sempervirens Other name: Evergreen Bugloss Family: Boraginaceae. The Forget-me-nots are difficult to tell apart, seeField Forget-me-not, also Green Alkanet which has similar flowers. We have also moved some of the earth to another part of the garden so I think it will spread. Green alkanet keeps popping up in my garden - it was there before I converted it to a vegetable garden To date, I have been cutting it off at ground level, leaving the leaves there to contribute to mulching efforts but I have left the roots intact. Horsetail is a deep-rooted native perennial with fast growing rhizomes. Green alkanet is particularly invasive in gardens. Prefers shaded, damp areas. 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