Asked on Mar 31, 2018

Best way to get rid of Nandina plants?

by Joa22675173
What is the best way to get rid of Nandina plants?

  6 answers
  • Heavenly bamboo. They are a "clumping" variety, you can just dig them out. Keep as much of the rootball in tact as you can.

  • Sayte Holland McComb Sayte Holland McComb on Apr 01, 2018

    Or you could dig them up as mentioned above, and send them all to me! I love the variations in leaf coloration, the fact they have leaves year round with the pretty red berries around the holidays. Drought resistant, fast growers.

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    • David David on Jun 08, 2019

      Those pretty red berries are full of cyanide and if hungry birds eat them they will die. I was given this information by an Audubon evaluator assessing my yard for backyard habitat qualification. I wouldn't think the berries would be good for kids.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 01, 2018

    Pot them up and sell or give them away for free, Someone will want them - I know I would if I lived near by........

  • Christy D. Assid Christy D. Assid on Apr 02, 2018

    Offer them on, to anyone willing to dig them out.

  • Nunya Bidness Nunya Bidness on Apr 25, 2021

    It's not a pesticide. It's a herbicide, and it only runs into the groundwater if it's right next to a source of water.

    As far as killing birds, that's what Nandina berries do. They have cyanide in them. When a bird (or any other animal) eats them, the cyanogenic glycosides in the digestive tract produce hydrogen cyanide. Hydrogen cyanide is toxic in as little as two milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

  • Juliette Madere Juliette Madere on Jul 21, 2021

    Anyone thinking about planting Nandina or giving it away, please do not! Be aware that Nandina is highly invasive in the Americas and is extremely harmful to birds and wildlife. It's also next to impossible to get rid of, so try not to introduce it to any new areas.