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cephalaria gigantea

I have had this in my herbaceous border for 5 years. I have loved the flowers and they have been admired by many but help. I now discover the "clumps" have grown and grown and taken over a huge area of my border. the "roots are very deep and very hard to dig out. I am on clay soil and worried that these are spread by underground tubers, rhizomes which easily break off.  be warned. pretty flowers but very invasive after a time


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    The 'giant yellow-scabious' is a stunning perennial for the back of a large border . My own soil is quite a light but good loam ; this plants roots would pose problems on a clay soil .

    I don't think it spreads by rhizomes , just very powerful roots ! Deep digging to extract them is the only alternative .

    Think I may be answering a question here that you havn't even asked ,image ; but your point regarding this species is entirely justified ; a warning worth heeding indeed .

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Large established plants have large established roots ... but I wouldn't call that invasive. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121


    Your garden looks very nice indeed ! Can't beat 'natural planting' .

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645

    The clue is in the name - gigantea.   It isn't invasive particularly but it does increase the girth of its base every year - good for getting offsets if you lift and divide now and again - and produces lovely tall, airy stems of flowers.   it also will self seed and have babies if happy.  Mine did.   Loved it and hust hope the seeds I saved for this new garden will be happy here.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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