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Should I be afraid?.

It grows on a single stem up to six feet tall with no basal rosette and sends out runners replicating itself.  I am pretty relaxed about what I allow to grow, usually leavIng visitors until I can assess whether or not I like the effect, and this one is attractive enough but I am rather wary that it might take over.  I would be happy if it clumped up towards the back of the border (I like the yellow flowers) but the runners all head toward the front dwarfing smaller plants.  It is while pulling up these wanderers that I have become concerned about the running underground stems.

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Should I remove them before they set seed?

Thanks for your help.

 

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  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

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     Close up (photo seems a bit distorted - sorry)

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098

    Looks like yellow Loosestrife. I don't care for it personally as it can take over a bit and the yellow's too brash for me,  but I know others like it. It's good for awkward spots and pondsides. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,211

    Agree Fg, a right thug, and so is the plant!

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098

    We had it beside the pond at my last house - I allowed it to stay as it was one of  the few things the b****y rabbits didn't eat  image

    It will gradually spread and outdo other plants Esspee, so if you like the other plants you have - might be best to remove it!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,106

    It's the roots that you have to watch, not the seeds.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098

    They're sneaky pansyface!  I just kept chopping them to the ankles every time I walked past if they were becoming a nuisance, but they can be very  difficult if they pop up right in the middle of something delicate.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,106

    At least they are bright pink, so you know what to look for.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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