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Yorkshire fog

Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 666
edited June 2021 in Wildlife gardening
I have been trying to establish a meadow on my front lawn, and one of the plants that appeared uninvited was Yorkshire fog, or at least that’s how I identified this plant 



Just wondering if there is a danger of it becoming invasive and forcing out less robust plants? The meadow is still in the making, but I have a few yellow rattles and some other wild flowers, so I don’t want to endanger the process. Plus my front lawn is tiny, so not much space for big plants. 

Any experience with this plant please?
Surrey

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,373
    In its home county of Yorkshire, Yorkshire fog can be seen growing on the moors, acre after acre of it. When in bloom, it is a beautiful sight. But it’s a moorland plant and a real toughie. Yes, it will try to take over. But if you have the yellow rattle there then it might be stifled a bit.

    I planted yellow rattle to control my “meadow” grass. It did a fantastic job, but instead I am now overrun by something resembling a very large yarrow. I don’t know what it is but it is unkillable.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 666
    Thank you @pansyface I might keep an eye on it then. Surprised a moorland plant decided to grow here - my “meadow” is incredibly dry, just a thin layer of soil on top of stony sandy ground. 

    Will be collecting seeds from my yellow rattle - they are expensive to buy and frankly just a small amount of seeds germinated 😒
    Surrey
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,373
    The best way to get rattle to germinate is not to “collect” it - rather pick it off the plant when the seeds are light brown and throw them down onto the grass straightaway.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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