Plant ID forum: Looks familiar

Views: 733, Replies: 16 » Jump to the end
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jul 5, 2013 9:24 AM CST
But I can't name this plant that popped up in a friend's garden.
Can you?Thumb of 2013-07-05/crittergarden/948cb3
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
Image
Paul2032
Jul 5, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Looks like an all green reversion of the Chameleon Plant.....Houttuynia cordata.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Jul 5, 2013 10:18 AM CST
It does look like H. cordata: Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata)
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
Bonehead
Jul 5, 2013 11:03 AM CST
Does it have a strong sharp scent? That is another indicator of houttuynia.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jul 12, 2013 12:00 PM CST
I didn't sniff it, but I WILL!
Big Grin

Rampant spreader?
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
Image
purpleinopp
Jul 12, 2013 3:03 PM CST
Notoriously difficult weed.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
🍀👒☀🍄🍍🌱🌿🌴🎄👣🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻🌽🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌺🌸🌼🌹🌳🌲
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
Bonehead
Jul 12, 2013 6:29 PM CST
Or not. I don't consider it a weed and use it as a ground cover under trees and shrubs. I think it is more aggressive in different parts of the country, and it also depends on how much free space you have.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jul 24, 2013 10:47 AM CST
Yeah, I'm familiar with the one that's variegated, with red.
Wasn't sure about the simple little wjite one.....
Guess if it tries to take over next year I'll pull it....
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Nov 16, 2013 8:40 AM CST
There is no such thing as "pulling it". So sorry, crittergarden. I've dug it, sprayed it, covered it with black plastic for 9 months. It's horribly invasive here. Spraying with Ortho's Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer was the final answer for me. I fought it for 8 years and it covered 50' x 12', invaded the lawn and daylilies.

A typical day was 6 hours of digging to try to eliminate it - hopeless. The spray works. I use it as the concentrate and do not dilute it.

Thumb of 2013-11-16/pirl/7abaa1

Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Nov 16, 2013 8:58 AM CST
I've met the "chamelion" Houttuynia, so I can foresee what you are saying....

Oh well - my friend's bed could use a fresh digging and redoing anyway......
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
Image
Leftwood
Nov 16, 2013 10:15 PM CST
pirl said:
Thumb of 2013-11-16/pirl/7abaa1


Holy alien roots, Batman!
I hope everyone realizes that those three roots are tree roots, and the mass of roots in the bag are the culprits.
What's in the bowl?
[Last edited by Leftwood - Nov 16, 2013 10:26 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #513841 (11)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Nov 17, 2013 8:21 AM CST
The bowl contains stones I found as I dug to unearth the horrid weed. I keep all the stones and use them for other projects, mainly because the noise of the trowel hitting the stones bothers my ears. Often I was down a foot or more and scraping the bottoms of the pine roots to get every single piece.

Thumb of 2013-11-17/pirl/61a481

Finding even a small piece meant there was trouble brewing below so it was many more hours of digging in each and every spot.


Thumb of 2013-11-17/pirl/df1d75

The tiny pieces at the left meant I was digging again. This time I had to go under the timbers and scrape the bottoms of the timbers (and the pine root) with a knife, since the tiniest remnants would begin the horror anew.


Thumb of 2013-11-17/pirl/b58df2

I have 293 photos of my battle with this monster and they do serve to remind me to check carefully before I buy a plant to be sure it won't end up being another Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'.

Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Nov 17, 2013 9:04 AM CST
I use buckets with holes drilled in the bottom to contain mints, bee balm, lysimachia, etc. when I plant them in the ground. With mint at least, you have to leave a couple of inches of the bucket rim above soil level (soil level both inside and outside the pot) or they will flop over and root that way. I was lucky to find some black buckets that absolutely do not show at all. You could spray paint a white bucket black - or you could find some huge plastic pots that maybe someone got some bushes/trees in. I bought some of those from a guy at a flea market.....

There ARE ways....

Also, I think that when I redo my friend's bed I might just leave those Houttuynia in there, remove the crummy looking plants, and underplant the Houttuynia with tall things..... BULBS, certainly, but maybe rudbeckia, etc.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Nov 17, 2013 9:14 AM CST
Our mint is grown in a pot, held high above the ground by a holder I don't even remember buying. It's a blessing.
Thumb of 2013-11-17/pirl/6304b3

Trying to remove your friend's Houttuynia would be a big job if it's been there for a year or more. I can only wish you the best of luck. Your friend is certainly fortunate having you to help.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Nov 17, 2013 10:18 AM CST
I love the doing of it!

I think I'll refurbish by removing some not-so-lovely plants and leaving the Houttuynia in there.
The bed is bounded by driveway, walkway, and house.

I chose in ground buckets for mints and such here in zone 5 so they can hibernate as usual. I'd have to bring clay pots in or they'd crack.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Nov 17, 2013 4:45 PM CST
Mine did crack eventually and I replaced it with terra cotta colored plastic.

You are a splendid friend.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Nov 17, 2013 5:09 PM CST
I do try.
Some see me as a big help, some don't.
BUT I love the garden as much as I care about the people who live in the house, so......
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Plant ID forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"