Plant ID forum: Invasive plant

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Ssuellis
Apr 18, 2017 11:07 AM CST
Hi can you help identify a plant growing in the rockery of my new house nearest web search says wild ginger
It has tones of roots
And it seems to have strangles and killed other plants
Heart shaped pointy leaves green purple edges
Hope you can help

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Name: greene
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greene
Apr 18, 2017 11:23 AM CST
One of the members here calls it Hootenany. I'll go look for the proper name...

Edited to add:
Houttuynia cordata


You really need to get ahead of this plant or it will most likely take over your yard and then continue on to the neighboring yards.

Here is an article from the archives:
https://garden.org/nga/searchq...
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Ssuellis
Apr 18, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Thank you iv never seen so many roots in my life think I'll be digging fir the rest of my life trying to get it all out
Name: greene
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greene
Apr 18, 2017 11:50 AM CST
Oh, I forgot to say...(my opinion) whatever you dig up should be burned; do not put this into any compost pile or even into the trash.
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Bonehead
Apr 18, 2017 12:29 PM CST
I think it is more invasive in the south than in the north. I don't care for it (its very sharp fragrance puts me off) but it is not as persistent as other invasives for me. I just pull it and don't worry about trying to get all the roots. It has stayed in one corner of a hosta bed and is actually kind of OK as a groundcover before the hostas take off. Then I yank out what I can and don't give it a lot a thought. That said, I've heard some real horror stories from folks in more tropical locales.
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