Can you identify this plant?

by Victoria
Lets try this again, don't know where the photo went before. This plant is growing in my flower bed, I believe it is a weed. I planted lots of flower seed and am unfamiliar with rock cress and wind flower. Is this either or a weed? I really appreciate your help as I need to pull it if it's a weed, it's taking over.
  26 answers
  • Dee Dee on Mar 23, 2015
    Looks like a columbine to me.
  • Jenn Kelly Jenn Kelly on Mar 23, 2015
    I have always called this 'carrot weed' - it has bright yellow flowers and orange roots...and it will take over if you don't pull them out.
  • Ann Parker Ann Parker on Mar 23, 2015
    I think it might be columbine
  • Transfox Transfox on Mar 23, 2015
    Hi Victoria. Geesh, that's tough one. I, too, immediately thought columbine or geranium (google cranesbill for some really similar looking plants.) But columbine have compound leaves (meaning separate leaflets) and geraniums are so close, but I just don't think so. It's not rock cress, could be some kind of windflower I haven't seen before (I am up north) Can you tell us more? Is it in sun or shade, dry or damp soil, are the leaves hairy/fuzzy or shiny at all? As a friend of mine used to say, "if I didn't put it there, it's a weed!" but I guess you're not sure if you put it there or not!
  • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Mar 23, 2015
    It could be Columbine. Was it there last year and have you seen a flower on it? Would be easier to say what it is if you can tell the color of the flower.
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  • Victoria Victoria on Mar 23, 2015
    It does look very similar to columbine but I never planted any. Guess I'll let it grow awhile and see if it blooms. I am notorious for pulling things I can't identify and then realizing later I planted them.......impatient gardener. thanks for your responses!
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    • Dee Dee on Mar 25, 2015
      @Victoria The birds planted it.
  • Marla Rafuse Marla Rafuse on Mar 23, 2015
    I think that's a weed. I looks like something that grows in my garden. I used to get tricked into thinking it's parsley but not anymore lol
  • Wendy K Wendy K on Mar 23, 2015
    I got some of that from a friend who was sharing perennials. It is wicked. It has tiny yellow flowers and it spreads through everything, especially the lawn. Not sure of the terminology, but it drops roots wherever it touches the soil, and spreads and spreads and spreads.
  • Frauchenb Frauchenb on Mar 23, 2015
    This is a nasty weed. Unfortunately, I had some in my flower beds. It tried to take over. It took quite a while to get rid of them.
  • MizBruton MizBruton on Mar 23, 2015
    I had a bare spot and sprinkled in wild flower seeds so I wasn't sure at first if it was legit. But it's a weed; a cute weed with the yellow flowers as others mentioned. It will spread and take over. I let mine grow last year listening to my Mom who said it could be wild strawberries. Never did get any strawberries.
  • Jeanne Bolduc Jeanne Bolduc on Mar 23, 2015
    It's a weed
    • Faye Lifford Faye Lifford on Mar 23, 2015
      Actually it is Not a weed :) It is a Columbine, but util I see a bloom, I cannot say its species nor its colour :) N.S., Canada here
  • Debra baluk Debra baluk on Mar 23, 2015
  • Libby Walling Libby Walling on Mar 23, 2015
    Here are some pictures of Columbine for you to reference :)
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  • Grace Grieco Grace Grieco on Mar 24, 2015
    Looks like plain parsley herb.
  • Alice Shockley Alice Shockley on Mar 24, 2015
    Depending on where you live, wild columbine could be a weed. lol I planted it once in this big bed. Two years later I advertised on Freecycle for people to please come dig it up! It completely took over! In the end, I pulled it all up by the roots and put down landscape plastic (that I had just pulled out of the same bed two years before) in order to stop it! I still have it popping up in that bed, three years later!
  • Janice Carnley Janice Carnley on Mar 25, 2015
    Looks like carolina geranium (Weed) but if you planted wildflower seeds could be columbine
  • Ann Parker Ann Parker on Mar 26, 2015
    Let it grow you can pull it out anytime if it doesn't flower
  • Margaret Webster Margaret Webster on Mar 29, 2015
    well i have 1 and it started like a big clover so now it is growing so pretty so u tell me now margaret from north carolina
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Mar 29, 2015
    it almost looks like a weed ,,,,BUTTERCUP....
  • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Mar 30, 2015
    @Wanda sinnema I have buttercup in my yard....does not look like buttercups. this looks like Columbine.
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  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Mar 30, 2015
    I have Columbine too,, the leaves in the original photo are a bit more rounded than both..
  • Joffler Joffler on Mar 31, 2015
    I like the foliage but I dislike weeds. If this is the only plant in your bed and you are unsure about it, dig it up and replant it in a pot so at least it won't invade if it turns out to be something undesirable.
  • Peggy Overmeyer Peggy Overmeyer on Aug 12, 2016
    It looks like columbine... They multiply fast But are very pretty .
  • Karen Faulkner Karen Faulkner on Jul 14, 2019

    I was looking for the same answer! I found these all over the yard, dug them up and planted them in my Dad's columbine bed. I did get suspicious when I realized the hayfields were full of it! I'd say weed. But I can't picture the yellow flower.