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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.
  • Lezlie J. Staley

    Any variety of the mint family.

  • Betty Alfonso
    Betty Alfonso Hidden Valley Lake, CA


    • Brenda Tilley Payne

      We cut them down and then mowed them off as close to the ground as possible . After that we sprayed with Roundup. It took diligence since every joint could root and grow new plants.

  • Constance Farris
    Constance Farris Merced, CA

    The Royal Pawlonia tree. Grows like a weed - 10'/year, great shade, BUT wherever the roots are shallow enough, new trees come up. After removing mine at 3 years of age, it's taken another 3 years to get all the volunteers wihile I waited for the

  • Mary gingery
    Mary gingery North Ridgeville, OH

    I live in zone 5 and planted the gooseneck my friend gave me and I'm still fighting after several years can't seem to get it all out!! :(

    • Shirley
      Shirley Peterborough, NH

      Me too, I want it gone, its a huge project to dig dig and dig. I guess I am going to have to dig the whole area out and replant all the spring bulbs.

  • 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.