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Friday, May 18, 2007

Invaders!

CNN put together a list of invasive plants -- otherwise known as "Problem Plants." They say:
Here are some plants still commonly found at nurseries and garden centers that have made the invasive list in many regions of the country.
Let's see how many of these Rosemarie can find in her yard ... I call it my Parade of Problem Plants.

How many can you find in your yard?

Vines:
English ivy (Hedera helix)
Fiveleaf akebia (Akebia quinata)
Porcelainberry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)
Oriental bitttersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Wintercreeper (Eunymous fortunei)
Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Herbs and Perennials:
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, L. virgatum)
Peppermint and spearmint (Mentha varieties)
Common mullein (Varbascum thapsus)

Shrubs and Woody Vines:
Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Exotic bush honeysuckles (Lonicera species)
Multiflora rose (Rose multiflora)
Japanese spiraea (Spiraea japonica)
Exotic wisterias (Wisteria floribunda and sinensis)

Groundcovers and Grasses:
Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum)
Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
Running bamboos (incl. Bambusa, Phyllostachys, and Pseduosasa)
Vinca, or periwinkle (Vinca minor)

1 comment:

Annie in Austin said...

Oh, Rosemarie - what a Parade! Almost every house we've ever lived in featured a couple of the plants from this list. And there are some in Texas that aren't in the CNN article. At least neither of us has bamboo.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose