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Is Buddleja Butterfly Towers invasive?

I bought a couple of young Buddleja Butterfly Towers "Magenta" plants a couple of months ago. They are happily growing away in my garden. I have recently stumbled upon this article that ...
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Best dwarf shrub varieties which has shallow roots to plant near building wall

I'd like to grow oleanders that won't impact the wall or foundation of my building. I noticed that dwarf oleanders could be a solution as it's known not to grow more than 3 feet tall. ( Click here to ...
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Getting Rid of Tree of Heaven Growing on Top of Retaining Wall

I am growing increasingly concerned over plethora of various invasive species, particularly Tree of Heaven, growing on top of 12’ stone retaining wall. I am afraid root systems are fracturing it. If ...
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What to do about a mature Norway Maple in an eco-friendly native garden?

Norway Maples are considered an invasive tree in my area. I've got a very large, mature-looking specimen in my yard and while it looks quite lovely I know it only supports a tiny fraction of the ...
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Pros and cons with allowing black raspberry plants to spread?

Around 8 years ago, we planted a decent sized patch of black raspberries. I've since stopped maintaining it (no spraying, weeding...anything). Now years later, I'm seeing black raspberry vines ...
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Ficus Nitida, Roots

In 2015 my neighbor planted a privacy screen using Ficus Nitida. When planted they ranged in size from 5-6' to probably 15'. The smallest ones are at least 20' high now. I expressed my concerns ...
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What are the most effective ways to remove lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) when it completely blankets a large area?

I live in the Mid-Atlantic US, in a region where lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) is highly invasive. It emerges in winter and often forms large monocultures, then flowers and dies before summer. The ...
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Is this a Callery Pear tree?

I just bought a house, in Ohio. One of the trees in the backyard has many white flowers, which smell of...prosciutto?!? Haha. It's kinda cool, actually - but I think it might be a Callery Pear, and ...
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Trying to identify this invasive vine

I'm having problems with an invasive vine that climbs over and covers hedges and trees, but I've found it difficult to identify on the internet. A local plant ecologist in Alexandria, VA identified ...
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Some vines around root of hydrangeas?

I am starting to see this vine (unknown name) going around and getting crowded below my hydrangeas. Is it normal and OK? Or should I intervene and remove it?
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What are several methods to kill wisteria?

I have wisteria all over my yard. It's in my neighbor's yard as well and readily comes over the fence. It's already claimed a couple of trees. I am also adding an addition to my house, and there ...
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Is this plant a young black swallow-wort?

I live in Massachusetts, which is plagued each fall by the invasive black swallow-wort (variously Cynanchum louiseae, Cynanchum nigrum, or Vincetoxicum nigrum). This year, I've been hoping to uproot ...
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Is this a kind of wild mint?

Flower and smell of this invasive plant is like mint but the leaves are different- can anyone suggest the plant name?
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Options to kill/remove invasive buckthorn

I have a large number of mature buckthorn shrubs in my yard that were there when I purchased the property. This is classified as an invasive in North America. Not only is it problematic in terms of ...
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Why can't I kill bamboo roots with bleach?

This is a follow-up to my first question on the gardening stack exchange. Unfortunately the horrid bamboo continues to plague me this summer. To the point that I'm actually considering packing up and ...
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How to eradicate bamboo from suburban SFH?

My question, about eradicating bamboo, is similar to this one but that asker said his landscape is large, at 1-acre, and hillside in Oregon. I live in a single family home with a property footprint of ...
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How do I get rid of creeping jenny

Thought creeping jenny was pretty until it became invasive. How do I get rid of it now. When I pull it out the roots go forever and it just comes back. PNW
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What is this Prickly Plant Sending Out Runners

I'm clearing some bushes out my backyard and found these awful prickly plants. They look to be part of a bigger plant that isn't prickly and have sent runners out all over. I'm trying to id them so I ...
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What is a non invasive, large, structural species of Bamboo?

I just purchased some property, and I'm interested in growing bamboo to use for various projects on the property ( hoop houses, tripods ). So I'm looking for fast growing, large, non - invasive ...
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Is this branch from the blueberry root stock?

So I have about 6 blueberry plants and last summer (which was very very dry, drought for about two months) there were woody plants coming up at the bases of about 4 of them. They're not the same ...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

Update 6/4/ 2017: I am so happy that the ID "Eryngium prostratum – Creeping Eryngo" was found by Lorel C., and am awarding her the bounty. I also wish that that people could please vote for Christy B....
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ID request, please. For a friend in Ventura, CA. Unknown volunteer plant

Update 6/11/2017: Here is the last picture. Since nobody responded after I added 2 pics nearly a week ago, I am answering my own question. Update 6/5/2017: My friend took more pics today! I have ...
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How do I eliminate invasive creeping fig?

I live in Central Florida, in a courtyard-type home. Growing THROUGH my rear wall is a creeping fig [I believe] coming from the outside of my wall from a neighbor's home. I have heard that nothing ...
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Is the emu bush(Eremophila) invasive in california?

I would like to plant an emu bush(Eremophila), but want to know if it is invasive. Is the emu bush invasive in California?
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How can I get rid of Cocculus Carolinus vine?

I would like to know if anyone has successfully eradicated this vine from their yard/flowerbeds. I have just ordered a gallon of Remedy herbicide and am going to attempt to cut the vine near the ...
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Help identifying a weed/unwanted plant that pops up all over and unchecked, grows into a tree!

Per the title really. It seems to be quite invasive and pops up all over the place, often entangled into the centre of an existing shrub It's a pain to dig out but it can be done It's quite (but not ...
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How badly does Goji berry spread?

I've read here that goji berry spreads. How badly does it spread? Should I worry about it spreading?
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Please help identify this aggressive vine?

I live in the Boston area, and this vine is growing in the public land behind my property. The vine is a very aggressive grower and will overtake anything in it's path, including my fence. I've ...
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What is this monster thistle-like weed?

What is this monster weed? It grows back every year and I yank it, but I can't dig out the tap root because it's too close to the gas line. It is in Norfolk, VA, USA in full sun. I'm kind of ...
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Is growing honeysuckle bad?

Honeysuckle seems to grow abundantly in my neighborhood in Virginia. I have read online about honeysuckle being an invasive species many sites refer to it as a "bad guy". I have considered growing it ...
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How can I kill English ivy?

I'll be moving to the Seattle area in a few weeks and am starting my garden planning. The house we're buying has a small, shaded front yard with a large tree in it surrounded by about a ground cover ...
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How do I get rid of phragmites in my lawn?

There are some wetlands in our subdivision which are overrun with phragmites. Some of these have established themselves in our neighbor's backyard and now they're spreading throughout our lawn. I've ...
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How should I eradicate or control mugwort without herbicides?

There is an area of approximately 6,000 square feet that is full of mugwort. We would like to restore some native vegetation, but as the area is adjacent to a pond, I don't want to use herbicides in ...
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What is this vine with clusters of black berries, found in Southern Illinois?

I've been working on controlling the edge of my backyard, since it borders a wooded area, and there's a bunch of invasive vines growing everywhere. While I was chopping back some of the underbrush, I ...
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How do I kill this salt cedar?

The front yard of my New Mexico (USDA zone 7a) house has a salt cedar (Tamarix ramosissima), which is growing like a huge bush. Its salt uptake appears to be preventing anything else in the vicinity ...
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How do I eradicate Mint

I have tried googling with no real answers without destroying the soil. I searched this forum and found this posting answered, but the answer suggests to mow the mint which is not an option for me. I ...
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How can I get rid of mint?

I planted mint in my garden a few years ago and it turned out to be a mistake. I should have grown it in a container. I've been pulling out mint each year but can't get rid of it, so I dug up the ...
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What is this plant found in the UK with green and white leaves with purple flowers?

Any ideas what this plant is and how to control it?
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How to deal with invasive Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven)

My neighbors have a great tall Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven). Apparently, before I moved into my house, so did our yard. We now have an enormous stump and a bazillion new shoots that come up from ...
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How to get rid of Japanese knotweed (hogweed?)

I have Japanese knotweed growing into my garden from an adjoining neighbour's garden. Does anyone please have any advice of how to get rid of this awful plant? I'm in the UK.
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How do I get rid of houttuynia (heartleaf/lizard tail)?

A previous owner left me with a garden full of Houttuynia cordata (also called hearleaf/lizard tail/chameleon plant), an invasive weed that I've been trying to eradicate. I can't believe it is sold ...
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