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Wild hosta

We have mature trees in the garden, and we have always been plagued by what we think are hosta. Shaped like a hosta but with small black spots on them. No matter how we dig them up, they come back. Any advice on a) are they hosta. b) how do we get rid of them. Please help ......

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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 3,277
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,948

    Sounds like Arum maculatum - aka Cuckoo pint, Lords & Ladies, Wake Robin and many other names - its flower is a purple rod in a green spathe (hood) which attracts flies and small insects which are trapped in the bottom of the spathe.  After the flower come red berries, which are poisonous.  There are cultivated forms, but you've probably got the native form from your description.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arum_maculatum


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





  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,304

    And they  come from 'bulbs' which have lots of tiny ones attached loosely so digging them up dislodges some and up tjhey come next year. Sadly weedkiller is the only way and that will take a while.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    I've got a lot of these. I think I've got rid of them and up they come again.



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • god! i had loads of these in my garden and they surround my hydrangeas.. so in the end the only way to get rid.. we took out the hydra's and skimmed hte lot but 6 ins deep and then turfed it all !!!.. they have not come back since.. but i am missing my hydra's thou very much..

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,948

    People probably think I'm a little odd image, but I think they're absolutely beautiful - I love to see them in the wild, and if I had a large garden with a woodland area I'd be thrilled to have them - but I do understand people are concerned if they have young children visiting the garden as the red berries are so attractive.


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





  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    I agree Dove, they're beautiful. But I don't want them in every part of the garden



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • LiveyLivey Posts: 4
    Thank you all for your replies. I will take a picture and put it on. I seems as if I will never get rid of them. Thanks again. Camera out tomorrow !
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