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Old 05-16-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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In my area we have Dandlions and creeping charie, buckthorn. Group home director wont let me/us use roundup. Quick question- I keep cats and am wondering if Catnip is invasive, I planted it. I suppose it is because I've seen it grow wild.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Mint is my current favorite plant I love to hate because it cannot be controlled. Even if contained in a planter pot, mint will sneak out surreptitiously and into the surrounding ground, leeching its way far and wide overtaking everything.

If I had a neighbor who planted mint, I'd spray the neighbors yard with 2-4-5 T in the dark of night. Might spray the neighbor too.
That is the same as "Agent Orange"... a soil sterilization chemical and brush killer....It would certainly do the job.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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that would be destruction of property/truspassing and could land you in jail.


seriously I dont think natives have much of a future- at all outside of landscaping by a few die hard pros. In a few hundred years they will probably all but the most agressive will die out in the wild. I mean in the wild where land is set aside for them unless it is( the land) babyed they have invasives to contend with... on homeowner property not only do they have invasives but a new buyer could just yank them out and plant whatever... sigh.
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I can add anemone and Cameleon plant (houttuynia) to the others. Thank God I am moving, because I've tried to get them out of a flowerbed I have and it's impossible.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:11 PM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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They should have labs in place where they test the invastiveness of the plants they sell. Indoor gardens so to speak.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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Well good to know this isn't a problem that I contribute to. The only invasive plants where I live are the ones that nobody would ever plant anyway. The stuff that people do like to plant will barely grow at all.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:33 AM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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Buckthorn- was once a hedge but has escaped and is now on the MN DNR invasive plant list.

Creeping charlie- brought over by the saxons to make beer

Dandilions-, some european woman brought them over because they looked pretty.

Its a bigger issue then most people realise.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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It doesn't get much worse than Brazilian pepper. They grow in thick, tangled thickets that choke out anything native. They fruit heavily, birds LOVE them, and spread them all over the place. They seemed unphased by even our last record-breaking cold winter. I witnessed them basically take over all disturbed land in central Florida in the space of about ten years. They are in the flooded mangrove zones and in dry scrubby lots and all along the roadsides. If you cut them down they grow back twice as big. The roots must be completely removed as it can regrow from even tiny root fragments left behind. They have an irritant sap (poison ivy family) that means you have to wear protective clothing to deal with them. A real nightmare.

It also illustrates the difficulty in doing anything about invasive plants, because this plant would not survive, much less be invasive, in cooler zones. What's invasive and what is not is a very local determination and it can change. For instance, Brazilian pepper was limited to south Florida until the last decade or so. It was thought that central Florida's periodic freezes would prevent it from moving northwards, yet here it is.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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paulownia trees.

plant one, get a million
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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Quick question- I keep cats and am wondering if Catnip is invasive, .
Quick answer.....Yes.
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