3 thoughts on “Quiz #158: Plant”

  1. AAAAIEEEI! That is Creeping Charlie, Glechoma hederacea. The plant that, hand in hand with Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia) is destroying the native vegetation on my brook. Takes weeks out of my gardening year trying to let the ferns, mosses, maianthemum, and cornus come up. I have a friend who gave up controlling it…her whole back yard, with its ex-raised beds is engulfed. That image haunts me.

    1. Marian: Yes, like many Mints, this plant is also good at spreading and can be difficult to control. Before introducing Gill-over-the-ground (or, frankly, any other species), it’s wise to investigate the effects such an introduction could have on surrounding habitats. In many cases, I think it makes more sense to gather from existing populations rather than introducing species to new locales.

  2. Absolutely, Josh! This is why I am so persistent about trying to educate people:) Because prevention is the least destructive, most labour-saving way to protect the native plants that birds and insects need. Doug Tallamy an entomologist makes a thorough and more convincing argument than I could ever do here…I hope you and some of your readers will give it a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UonRPIea48Y. He is a wonderful speaker. Focusing foraging efforts on plants with no natural predators in the area is a great way to reduce their numbers (except Japanese Knotweed, which will be stimulated to spread vertically underground). Using sustainable practices on natives is important too.

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