In the interest of full disclosure I’ll admit that in an early danger garden post I came out in favor of horsetail, for many this plant is right up there with Bishops weed. The difference is that I keep it in a pot. I know that given the right conditions it will wipe out other plants and is virtually impossible to eradicate.
Below is a plant that I planted and then learned it is considered invasive to some. Unfortunately I don’t seem to have saved the label and I can’t remember its name (help?). I love the arrowhead shaped leaves. This is only the second time I have seen it flower, and I would have missed this one too if Lila, our dog, hadn’t been munching on something and caught my attention.
It was in a great spot before we put in our patio but now it’s kind of lost. I should move it where we can better enjoy it. The great thing about this plant is that after the flower withers you get an amazing stalk of orange seeds that lasts for months. Invasive? I don’t see it. After almost 4 years I have no more than the original two plants I planted.
I took last weekend off, didn’t pull a single piece of Bindweed. I’m paying for that, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I think if we ever went away for a month during the summer we would come back to find this plant completely covering the house.
For those of you not “lucky” enough to have experienced it first hand this stuff wraps it’s self around everything, it climbs and it slithers along the ground. And will grow back from the tiniest little root. It’s the light green heart shaped leaf in the picture. Others may also identify the ivy in the photo as being an invasive pest but mine is very well behaved. At least compared to the bindweed. In other parts of Portland English Ivy covers our huge Doug Fir trees and is a real problem.