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Apr 22, 2018 7:57 AM CST
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
I am looking to find out what plant this is and any suggestions of getting rid of it from my garden. It seems to be a ground cover and chokes out my other plants
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Apr 22, 2018 10:27 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Does it have a weird odor?
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Apr 22, 2018 10:36 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Welcome, Rich. It appears to be the ever evil Houttuynia, my problem for too many years.
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Apr 22, 2018 10:41 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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That is what I was thinking too, but was hoping to find evidence otherwise. :(((
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Apr 22, 2018 12:23 PM CST
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Yes it has a strange odor, especially when I weedwack some of it out of my lawn.
Any suggestions?
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Apr 22, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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It does look like Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata) and I have a feeling the only way to eradicate it completely is to dig up all the underground rhizomes.

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Apr 22, 2018 1:14 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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I'm sorry, it sounds & looks like what Arlene suggested: Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata)
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Apr 22, 2018 1:17 PM CST
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Thanks, I've been reading up on it and it sounds like I need to dig up my beds, then probably spray them for a while before refilling with dirt. Points me in the right direction. Thanks
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Apr 22, 2018 1:34 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Digging won't do it. Every section of root grows into a new plant regardless of how tiny it is.
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Apr 22, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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If you are not opposed to using herbicides, carefully applied 2,4-D will kill broadleaf plants and spare your grass.
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Apr 22, 2018 9:21 PM CST
Name: Kyle
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Alternative method would be to apply glyphosate concentrate to all above ground growing points after cutting foliage off. Secondary tips might arise and maybe third ones. Might be labor-intensive at first but if you persist you can be rid of it.
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Apr 23, 2018 6:44 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Since yesterday was Earth Day I couldn't consider mentioning my poison of choice -
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I stick in a spray and use it on the newest leaves, undiluted, on a day of 60+ degrees. I went for years battling it by digging (useless) and black plastic (for months) but the Ortho spray worked for me. The area is much larger than shows in this photo.


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Apr 23, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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It is often ineffective to use herbicides at a greater concentration than recommended on the label. The plant leaves get quickly burned and the chemical does not transfer down to the roots. Always start out by following the directions on the label.
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Apr 23, 2018 7:48 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
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That's exactly what I did at the start. It didn't work so I went with full strength. In the end I didn't use a full container of it for the entire job. Houttuynia leaves are thick and seemed to resist dying.
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Apr 23, 2018 7:50 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Perhaps adding a surfactant would help.
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Apr 23, 2018 1:12 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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All chemicals have a shelf life, and so far I've never seen a "use by" date on any herbicide or pesticide, though they do lose strength at some point.
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