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Are any of these invasive?

Postby Melroche » May 04, 2008 10:07 am

Hi All,

I've been offered some transplants from people and new seedlings of the following:

1. Maltese Cross
2. False Sunflower
3. Nepeta
4. Purple Volcano Salvia
5. Malva "Zebrena"
6. Obediant Plant

Are any of them invasive or difficult to control? I'd rather just avoid them by putting them in at all if any are?

Thank You,
Mel :?:
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Postby Lindamct » May 04, 2008 10:34 am

Melroche, in that list I think the Nepeta would be the most invasive. I grow mine in a pot for my cats. It isn't as bad as plain mint though. Most of the others I grow and have no problem with. I don't know about the obedient plant. Someone else may help with that one. :)
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Postby Melroche » May 04, 2008 10:47 am

Thanks Linda...it's better to find these things out BEFORE they go in the garden! lol.

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Postby Lindamct » May 04, 2008 10:56 am

:lol: that's for sure Mel :) I'll never forget my experience with Chinese Lanterns :roll: . That's a whole other story :)
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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 04, 2008 6:12 pm

Hi Mel:
The only plant in your list that is invasive(sort of) is the Obedient Plant.
I don't consider Nepeta to be in the least invasive.
Wish it was a bit more-so sometimes.
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Postby murphy » May 04, 2008 6:18 pm

I call my obedient plant the "disobedient plant"...it is a aggressive plant that can take over a bed and those on the other side of the yard if it so chooses to. I still to this day don't know how it got into the back yard.
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Postby B_BQ » May 04, 2008 7:38 pm

I agree about the obedient plant. Be careful where you plant it! :roll:
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Postby Lindamct » May 05, 2008 9:13 am

Can someone tell me a little more about the Obedient Plant. Am I right in saying their is White, Pink, and Purple shades of this plant? I am more interested in the White color. Has anyone had experience with this one. How invasive is it? I was thinking about putting it between a house and a driveway. So it would be contained somewhat there.
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Postby murphy » May 05, 2008 9:15 am

you are right that it comes in white and purple...I have both kinds and find the white is much better mannered...infact I wish it would be a bit more aggressive...I love white in the garden. The site you have described sounds perfect.
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Postby B_BQ » May 05, 2008 9:19 am

lindamct wrote:Can someone tell me a little more about the Obedient Plant. Am I right in saying their is White, Pink, and Purple shades of this plant? I am more interested in the White color. Has anyone had experience with this one. How invasive is it? I was thinking about putting it between a house and a driveway. So it would be contained somewhat there.


I had the white! It was here when we moved into the house 2 years ago, and it had been left to do whatever it wanted to do. It completely blocked an otherwise nice perennial garden. We hauled it out! I did put some in another area which was much more contained, and I notice this year that it is coming up in a large area!

My next door neighbour had the pink variety, and they hauled theirs out last year, as it was taking over too!

It is a nice plant though, so if you have the perfect contained spot, go for it.

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