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Invasive plant horror stories

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Hometalk member and gardener extraordinaire Barb Rosen recently wrote of her nightmare experience with chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata, and what may be her life-long project of getting rid of it. But Barb surely isn't alone in having planted something she regretted. For me, my biggest mistake was planting gooseneck loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides. I'd heard how "rambunctious" the plant could be, but I had a dry, shady spot where I couldn't get anything else to take hold and bloom. Well, the lysimachia did, and soon started looking for territory to annex. I've since sold the house and it may have taken over the entire property by now for all I know. Here's your chance to sound off and put up the warning flag about plants that belong on a "do not plant" list. Please post a photo if you have one, and let us know what zone you're in.
  • Mary gingery
    Mary gingery North Ridgeville, OH

    It is so invasive just have to keep digging lol. I don't think i will ever get it all out. I do love the plant i should have planted it in a pot.

  • Susanna
    Susanna Fairview, TN

    Don't plant morning glories anywhere NEAR your rows of corn! Last year I had rows and rows of very sweet, tender corn, and they were pulled down by intertwining vines of morning glories!

  • Lkeeler

    There is a fall blooming white clematis that is terrible here in Kansas. It is impossible to kill it and it is incredibly invasive. I see it advertised in many garden catalogs and I can"t imagine any one in their right mind paying for such a

    • Cindy Reynolds
      Cindy Reynolds Marshall, IL

      Autumn clematis....known as a lace vine....beautiful in the fall....if it grows where I don't want it....I just keep jerking it out....

  • Marta Schulenburg
    Marta Schulenburg Medford, OR

    Horseradish and Jerusalem Artichoke. I have clay soil and it just doesn't come out all the way. Need a backhoe (I'm serious). Lemon Balm was already mentioned, English Ivy, Vinca and mint. All horrible opponents in my little one acre patch of

  • Cindy Reynolds
    Cindy Reynolds Marshall, IL

    I love this plant...was warned it could be invasive so planted it in it's own part of the yard....it does take over bigger area each year....but it is so pretty....it multiplies....but I have no problem with it since it is off by itself....

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