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The Invasion

12 September 2017 17:45:47

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Some years ago a friend gave me some Persicaria kunming and did issue a warning with the gift, that it spreads!

So I planted it at the edge of my hot border and it grew and looked very pretty and formed a lovely clump. Then I did notice that it was speading and used to dig out around the plant every year. Having a red root it was easy to see but hard not to leave tiny pieces behind. All went well so on the opposite side of the border I planted another bit. It grew quickly and soon I had two matching clumps that looked well.Kept a close eye on it until this year when with open day there was a lot to look after. Well the other day I noticed bits and pieces of it appearing away down either side of the border . On exploring I found it had spread dreadfully under plants   , through plants almost over plants.  Shock horror but even more of both when I did a close inspection. So I started to dig some out , the ground is so dry hard going.  You will see in the photos the pile from one of the clumps almost all roots and the next photo show the pile behind the bit of plant still left in the ground. The third photo is just part of the border to use the 3 permitted photos.

I could have saved all the work because I have decided to round up both clumps and get rid of it.

You see...confession....i have also put it in several other areas of the garden but will probably be able to dig these out.

Nice plant in a pot with drain holes sealed and and a bottle of round up on guard!!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 September 2017 18:28:28

I think I have that particular Persicaria too and I don't find it in the least bit invasive. But then, mine is in a very restricted space. I adore the way your cottage nestles into the garden.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 September 2017 20:21:38

If you use the Round up every time you see it starting to grow and you should get rid of it over time. I would bag it and put it out with the rubbish and not into the compost bin.

fraoch fraoch 12 September 2017 20:29:37

It's so annoying when things just won't stay where you want them!

JoanG JoanG 12 September 2017 21:38:58

Pity that Persicarias look so enticing when many of them are invasive!  Good luck with that big job Elizabeth. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 September 2017 23:59:54

Definitely a spreader! I have it in my Oak woodland border and it has lots of space to spread - it is currently locked in deadly combat with an equally invasive Euphorbia Sequieriana Niciciana which Bruno gave me a few years ago - it not clear at this point who will win!


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