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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pretty Invader

Work on my final flower bed is going slowly because I am dealing with an invader of unknown origen.

A few years ago a new plant appeared out of the blue in my shade garden.  It had little white flowers in the early summer and looked quite pretty.



Now that mysterious plant threatens to take over my flower bed and strangle out the existing flowers.



So I have been trying to remove the invader.  It seems that it spreads through its extensive root system.  I am digging up the soil and removing the long, white roots.  I suspect that I have not seen the last of this plant, but, hopefully next spring there will be a lot less of this unwelcome guest.

Does anyone happen to know just what this plant is?

5 comments:

  1. No I don't. However there is an app you can get for your phone to identify plants. I don't know the name of it either!

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    1. Ha! But I am a dinosaur. I don't have a smart phone, just a cheapo little cell phone that I have for emergencies.

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  2. Quadlium? Like a trillium, only with four petals.

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    1. I tried googling "quadlium" and found nothing. I also read about trillium, but I don't think it's related to trillium since those are supposed to have rhizomes, and this has long, spreading, white roots. But thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    2. I believe it is the very aggressive Houttuynia cordata or chameleon plant that grows in moist shady spots. The The 'Chameleon' variety comes in red or yellow leaves while the common variety is green. You can read about another gardener’s bout with this plant at https://www.ecolandscaping.org/06/invasive-plants/after-a-20-year-dormancy-it-raised-its-ugly-head/

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