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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 03:55 PM

Sigh, another invasive plant

We bought our house in 2016. For the next two years I noticed a lovely patch of bright blue flowers along the hedge. Suddenly this spring , I’ve got tiny blue flowers in everything—in the lawn, in the day lilies—everywhere. I’ve identified them as Siberian squill and it turns out they’re an invasive species, one of many the previous homeowner planted. I wish people would google “invasive species” before they planted.

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Reply Sigh, another invasive plant (Original post)
spinbaby Apr 2019 OP
cyclonefence Apr 2019 #1
we can do it Apr 2019 #2
Siwsan Apr 2019 #3
japple Apr 2019 #4
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2019 #5
spinbaby Apr 2019 #6

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 03:59 PM

1. Squills are gorgeous en masse

and they expire early in spring. I don't think they choke out other plants, like monarda does. I wouldn't worry at all about those squills. I think you're lucky to have them!

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 04:00 PM

2. I agree.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 04:11 PM

3. I have those. The White are opening and the Blue will, soon

I don't mind them, at all. They bloom when the Daffodils and Grape Hyacinth open and I think they are lovely.

I'm going to be relocating a bunch of Grape Hyacinth, and some Squill to a pointed, sharp inclined area in my back lot, that's too steep and narrow to mow, with the rider mower. They can take over and spread as much as they want, back there. My hope is they become so dense, they will keep weeds from taking over.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 04:49 PM

4. Are they the same thing as Spanish bluebells?

A friend gave some to my parents years ago. Now they are everywhere. They look beautiful when they're blooming and then they die back. Let all your friends know that you have them to share. They can dig up a big clump to plant in their yard.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 05:19 PM

5. They do spread, but the good thing is that they're ephemerals

and will disappear within a few weeks after they've bloomed. The leaves that remain can be mowed like grass.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 08:16 PM

6. They're at least attractive

There is that. I just can’t get over how they’re suddenly in everything.

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