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KatieBDunn
May 4, 2020 7:23 PM CST
Hi there, I have a very wooded, moist area in my backyard. It's riddled with skunk weed. I haven't even attempted to get rid of it, knowing how difficult it can be. The question is, if I planted Lily of the Valley in the midst of it, would that take over the skunk weed? A battle royale! Who would win?
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gardengus
May 4, 2020 7:46 PM CST
I would try Marsh marigold , they like the same environment and look pretty

Not sure the lily of the valley would like wet feet to overwinter .
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crawgarden
May 4, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Welcome to the site!

What is skunk weed, I have heard it used for a few plants, but don't know what you are referring too, thanks!
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KatieBDunn
May 4, 2020 8:17 PM CST
Thanks Gardengus! I'll look into that.

Hi Crawgarden, thank you! Skunk weed, not sure the proper name but it's this romaine, kale like leaf monstrosity that loves wet marshy land. It gets its name from the rotten smell that it gives off when the leafs are broken. I don't mess with it. I've read up on trying to get rid of it and it's a real pain. It needs to be dug out at first sight then smothered. The area is huge in my yard. It would cost a lot of $$ for someone to come in and do that. So I was thinking of fighting fire with fire. Something more pleasant to look at/smell. 😆
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crawgarden
May 4, 2020 9:01 PM CST
Is it this: https://www.beverlybees.com/sk...

We had it along the creek in Delaware.
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KatieBDunn
May 4, 2020 9:31 PM CST
That is it. I looked it up again and there's different types. Mine is the large green leaf kind. Not so much the purple pods.
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gardengus
May 5, 2020 8:40 AM CST
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I have a single one in the bottom land , showed up two years ago , I leave it because this area lacks diversity , was once mowed and striped bare of all natural wild vegetation.
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KatieBDunn
May 5, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Gardengus, it doesn't look bad but it really fills in. And again, it's stinky once messed with. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Are you going to leave yours to fill in? One or two are easy to eradicate compared to a few yards.
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gardengus
May 5, 2020 12:02 PM CST
It is over the hill in the wilderness area so yes I will let it do what it wants to . The only active management I do over the hill is try to remove invasive honeysuckle and garlic mustered.
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KatieBDunn
May 5, 2020 12:53 PM CST
Sounds good! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Happy gardening!
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sallyg
May 5, 2020 8:37 PM CST
I really doubt lily of the valley would kill skunk cabbage. You'd just have both.
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Yardenman
May 6, 2020 1:20 AM CST
KatieBDunn said:Hi there, I have a very wooded, moist area in my backyard. It's riddled with skunk weed. I haven't even attempted to get rid of it, knowing how difficult it can be. The question is, if I planted Lily of the Valley in the midst of it, would that take over the skunk weed? A battle royale! Who would win?


Easy choice. Skunk cabbages are individual and can be dug out. Lily of the valley spreads by runners and is both invasive and nearly unstoppable.
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KatieBDunn
May 6, 2020 8:04 AM CST
Yardenman, so your money is on the Lily of the Valley??
I was thinking the LV would tangle and smother the cabbage roots. Gardengus suggested though, that the LV won't like the marshy ground. So interesting!!
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sallyg
May 6, 2020 3:57 PM CST
Don't count on LV smothering anything! They'll just poke up between and extend their range as far as they like. Invasive listed in a couple places. Please reconsider
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Turbosaurus
May 6, 2020 7:36 PM CST
Lilly of the valley wouldn't choke out skunk cabbage (as we call them). They're just too short. As long as that weed can grow over the top of and shade whatever is around it, it's safe.
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KatieBDunn
May 7, 2020 6:06 AM CST
I think I'm voting the Skunk Cabbage as the champion of this match. Thank you all for your insight! I may try planting the marsh marigolds on the edges to keep the greens from spreading.

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