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Invasive plant horror stories

7 days ago
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.
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  • Loretta
    Loretta Collierville, TN

    Black Bamboo!!!! It's a great screen........at first. We have been able to dig under the roots (which is not easy), hook a chain around a 2' square and pull it out with a truck. But it does not kill it. I read it was easy to control by removing all

    • DORLIS
      DORLIS Silex, MO

      @Loretta A friend finally put in a concrete barrier 12" deep and 6" above ground. When the runners tried to climb over, he cut them off.

  • Pat Schultz
    Pat Schultz Mchenry, IL

    Ive been fighting mint on my flower bed for years. Need help

    • Diana
      Diana Beardstown, IL

      And pulling it up, trying to get it out seems to 'move' it. Mine is almost gone from its original corner, but now it's all up in my (viciously thorny) knockout roses, my hostas, asian lilies. Those stray roots always seem to be the outliers. Ugh.

  • Loretta
    Loretta Collierville, TN

    Doris, I do love the way it looks & it's is about twenty feet high. Maybe I will try some clumping bamboo.

  • Rachel Hurley Juris
    Rachel Hurley Juris Scottsdale, AZ

    8,000,000 acres of timberland in the Amazon. My father owns the land, and the cutting rights have been Grandfathered in... He's an entrepreneur by trade, and business is business to him, no prob attitude, let's get her up and running again

  • Sandracolagiacomo

    Tansy in New Jersey! The label said it would be 12-18" high. Try 48-52", and 4 years to finally eradicate it by digging up the roots whenever it showed sprouts.