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Plants which are not indigenous to a region, but which have been introduced or escaped from cultivation. Frequently they crowd out native plants.


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The Beauty of Some Invasive Plants

  • Aug 28, 2009
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The blue flowers of chicory are everywhere these days along with overgrown red clover, a grass which my mother called wild oats but which surely isn't, and tall, yellow-flowered plants whose name I haven't discovered.

The flowers have transformed vacant lots and the unused land along the railroad tracks into wild gardens. They aren't wild flowers, as such, though. In almost all cases they are escapes from gardens, plants native to somewhere else which have successfully found a niche for themselves here. In some cases they are so successful they crowd out the local flora.

I have conflicting feelings about these escapes. Certainly the way purple loosestrife doesn't let anything else grow is dangerous for a varied ecosystem. But I give chicory and clover high points for gumption--and charm.

When it comes to my own garden, I have a number of invasives too--violets, Joe Pye weed and  boneset  will take over in this region if you're not vigilant.  But I think there is much to be said for Darwinian gardening--what survives, survives.

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September 06, 2009
I also love wild strawberries :) And it's so pretty when people plant wooly thyme as a ground cover between paving stones. Bamboo is quite nice too, but probably one of the worst invader species--my neighbor had to plant his in a metal garbage can that he buried under the soil because its roots went everywhere. Also, this is interesting--I just read an article on an invasive plant that has been found to have health benefits--but I can't remember the name or the exact health benefit!
September 02, 2009
What a great idea: invasive amaryllis! Maybe they are in the Bay Area, but here they're cossetted darlings that you coax into bloom in the winter.
September 01, 2009
I love it when invasive plants are aesthetically pleasing since I'm not too big a fan of pulling weeds.  Do you know if the amaryllis is considered an invasive plant?  I see them growing EVERYWHERE around here in patches on their own and think that they are so pretty.  I'm glad to read that you are enjoying your invasive plants :)
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