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Spreading Weed ID

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Attached are two pictures of a weed(?) that is invading my garden beds and is spreading rapidly by underground runners.  What is it and more importantly how do I get rid of it without hurting the plants in my garden beds?

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I believe that the weed you have photographed is called Epipactus helleborine.  It grows to about 15- 18" tall.  There are several greenish/purpleish orchid like flowers on the stem.  When you dig it up the roots are coarse and whiteish.  I have them all over my yard.  They don't seem to be controlled with glyphosate.  They must be dug.

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