Weeds & Invasive Plants

Ulex europaeus

Scientific name: Ulex europaeus Family: PAPILIONACEAE Common names: “Gorse” “European furze” “thorn broom” Evergreen shrub, invasive weed Root system: Branching taproot Conditions: Soil: Grows best in poor sandy, infertile acidic soils Moisture: Well drained – drought Light: Full sun Location: Exposed or sheltered, seaside conditions Aesthetic: Size:  4-7′ H & W, fast growing Leaf and Stem shape: Very spiny… Continue reading Ulex europaeus

Drought Resistance · Groundcover · Perennial · Weeds & Invasive Plants

Soleirolia soleirolii

Scientific name: Soleirolia soleirolii Synonym: Helxine soleirolii , Soleirolia green Family: URTICACEAE Common names: “Baby’s tears” “mind-your-own-business” “mother of thousands” “angel’s tears” “bits and pieces” “bread and cheese” “Corsican creeper” “Corsican curse” “friendship plant” “helxine” “Irish moss” “Paddy’s wig” “Pollyanna vine” Plant Type: Evergreen perennial groundcover, invasive Conditions: Zone: 9-11 Light: Semi shade best but handles a wide range,… Continue reading Soleirolia soleirolii

Perennial · Weeds & Invasive Plants

Equisetum arvense

Scientific name: Equisetum arvense Family: EQUISETACEAE Common names: “Horsetail” “Field horsetail” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial weed, highly invasive tuber bearing root system Conditions: Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Acidic Moisture: Moist – wet and saturated soils with poor drainage Aesthetic: Leaf and Stem shape: Sterile stems with whorls of green four angled leaf… Continue reading Equisetum arvense

Deer Resistant Plants! · Drought Resistance · Groundcover · Hort. Ed. BC plants · Perennial · Weeds & Invasive Plants

Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’

Scientific name: Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’ Family: APIACEAE Common names: “Goutweed” “Bishops weed” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial , weedy Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Deep shade – full sun, best in more shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Any Moisture: Average , handles drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 10-24″ W ∞ Leaf and Stem shape: Extensive mat of white-margined leaves Flower: Rather insignificant white… Continue reading Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’

Perennial · Weeds & Invasive Plants

Cirsium arvense

Scientific name: Cirsium arvense Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: “Canada thistle” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial invasive weed Conditions: Zone: All Light: Full sun – semi-shade Exposure: Exposed Soil: Any, dry rocky gravel Moisture: Moist well drained – dry Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-5′ W 3′ Leaf and Stem shape: Erect green stems with spiny toothed leaves Flower: Numerous… Continue reading Cirsium arvense

Grass · Hort. Ed. BC plants · Perennial · Weeds & Invasive Plants

Phalaris arundinacea

Scientific name: Phalaris arundinacea Family: POACEAE Common names: “Reed canary grass” Plant Type: Rhizomatous deciduous perennial grass Conditions: Zone: 3-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Soil: Any Moisture: wet – dry, full range Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-9′ W endless ∞ Removal: Almost impossible to get rid of, will come back from seed banks in disturbed soils,… Continue reading Phalaris arundinacea

Biennial · Deer Resistant Plants! · Weeds & Invasive Plants

Onopordum acanthium

Scientific name: Onopordum acanthium Synonym: Onopordon acanthium Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: “Scotch thistle” “cotton thistle” “Argentine thistle” “giant thistle” “musk thistle” “Queen Mary’s thistle” “silver thistle” “star thistle” “thistle-upon-thistle” Plant Type: Evergreen biennial Conditions: Zone: 6-9 Light: Full sun Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Fertile – poorer sites, neutral – slightly acidic best (some sources say slightly… Continue reading Onopordum acanthium