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Can anyone name this plant?

Brian322Brian322 Posts: 3

imageDear All, 

This plant has spread its roots at ground level all over the garden. I need to identify this plant so that I can find the best method to remove the root trails.

Thank you

Last edited: 25 May 2017 20:29:36



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,101

     Houttuynia cordata  ......... good luck image 

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

  • Brian322Brian322 Posts: 3

    Thank you , now I need to get rid of it.

  • DecepticonDecepticon Posts: 36

    With out going out to look I think I bought one of these today to submerge in my wildlife pond was told it could go into a damp garden but does spread. leaves have a metal smell about them.

    foliage looks nice

  • Brian322Brian322 Posts: 3

    Please checkout the forums on the's a real pest unless you can confine it to a container..and I suggest a very strong one !!


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Hi Brian322, it's only a real pest if you have perfect conditions for it. There are many plants that move side ways, but I guess, plant labels don't always use the words "invasive" as it may discourage certain plants from selling. 

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    I have it planted at my pond. When I'm out there having a coffee I quite often just pull it up from some places. It's not spread that far.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713

    I have just planted this in my pond too - nothing about impassiveness on the label.  The leaves do look attractive.  Does it die down in the winter?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262

    It does. It is not a pest in my dry sandy soil, odd leaves pop up. If they are in the wrong place, they pull out. I think the leaves smell of bitter oranges.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    We had one of these but it died out in about 3 years in our heavy clay.

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