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You might be surprised to learn that Ox-Eye Daisy and Grapevines are both considered invasives here in Ohio. When an old homestead is abandoned, Grapevines will simply revert to their uncivilized ways and take over. Ox-Eye Daisy is aggressive and can quickly cover an entire field, which can be especially problematic for farmers.
Here in my garden, I have problems with neither. However, I have had the great misfortune of stumbling upon another little plant that – although not qualified as such – has become completely invasive to my yard. I first planted Houttuynia “Chameleon” (Korean Houttuynia) in a small bed in 2005.
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Do NOT Be Fooled
By Its Pretty Face!
The next spring, it seemed to slowly revive itself. It was late to come up, and so I had no inkling of the havoc it would soon play. As the summer progressed, so too, did the ravenous Chameleon, gobbling up my yard at an astonishing rate. The Coral Bells were the first to succumb. They dropped down beneath the ever encompassing Chameleon and were never heard from again. The Bee Balm put up a much greater fight. (Two stalks even survived to bloom this year!)
By the summer of 2008, it was all-out war. I had to dig out the entire bed, down at last 20 inches. I tilled, I sifted, and all to no avail! As a last and final resort, I had to tarp the entire bed, and cover it with a layer of mulch. And you know what? Last year, the Chameleon actually began to poke its head out from under its cover. This year, a tiny patch has established itself in an unprotected corner of the old bed!
A Mexican Mint Escapee!
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