Friday, April 18, 2014

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20 Plants That Will Take Over Your Yard


Some of the following plants are sold as ornamental plants. Some of them are native to one region, but are considered invasive in others. Some are just totally invasive imports. For a full discussion of invasive plants, visit Hometalk.com, where over 100 homeowners and gardeners shared their invasive plant horror stories. These are some of the plants that have taken over the yards of your fellow Americans.

1. Bamboo

This is what digging up bamboo roots looks like. Photo by Neeta Lind/Flickr.

2. Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata)

Chameleon Plant is pretty, but hard to get rid of. Photo by Andesine/Flickr.

3. Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)

Photo of gooseneck loosestrife by lovesuep/flickr.

4. Soapwort or "Bouncing Bet"

Photo of Rock Soapwort by patrick_standish/flickr.

5. Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

$41.99 for a plant that will strangle your trees. Not good! Photo by Tomwsulcer/wikimedia commons.

6. Snow on the Mountain

Photo of the ground cover Snow on the Mountain, also known as Bishop's Weed, by Funki Sock Munki/Flickr.

7. Balsam Plants

A man removes Himalayan Balsam in England. Photo: atomic-monkey/Flickr.

8. Moon Flowers

Moonflowers in bloom via Wikimedia Commons.

9. Creeping Jenny

Photo of Creeping Jenny by Recoil Rick/Flickr.

10. Goldflame Spirea

Photo of goldflame spirea by patrick_standish/flickr.

11. St. John's Wort

Photo of St. John's Wort by John Tann/Flickr.

12. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm roots are very big and very strong. Photo by Tatiana2/Flickr.

13. Vinca, or Periwinkle Vine

Vinca, also known as periwinkel vine. Photo by Forestwander Nature Photography/Wikimedia Commons.

14. Trumpet Vine

Photo of trumpet vine growing on a fence by portmanteaus/Flickr.

15. Scotch Broom

A cat sniffs Scotch Broom. Photo by photogirl7.1/Flickr.

16. Wild Violet

Photo of wild violets by The Montessorian Librarian/Flickr.

17. Virginia Creeper

Photo of Virginia Creeper by Chris_Samuel/Flickr.

18. English Ivy

English Ivy chokes trees in the Netherlands. Photo by TeunSpaans/Wikimedia Commons.

19. Milkweed

A butterfly feeds on a milkweed bloom. Photo by wattsup/sxc.hu.

20. Elephant Ears

Photo of elephant ear plant, also known as taro, by IngaMun/Flickr.

Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.

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