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Invasive Plant

Observed: 16th June 2010 By: NaturesFriend
IMG_6041a Invasive Plants in corner of Flowerbed
IMG_6042a Close up of Invasive Plant
Description:

I imported some new soil into a flowerbed on the terrace of our house and these Invasive Plants came with it. In the second photograph, my left shoe gives an indication of the size of the plants and of their unusually shaped leaves. The plants spread vigorously, apparently by means of whitish coloured underground "runners", even spreading under the paving stones on the terrace and pushing up through the joints between them. It is proving extremely difficult to eradicate. I am keen to know what it is and how best to get rid of it.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) interacts

Comments

Refugee's picture

Getting it out

The flowers rise before the leaves early in the spring. If you lift the rootstock and lay it out in the sun for a few days or longer if the weather is dull until it has dried out the remains can be composted. The energy is more concentrated at this time so that you get more of it out of the flower border.
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Refugee

garrymcc's picture

use it

Tussilago derives from the Latin tussis, meaning cough, and coltsfoot has long been used to treat coughs, colds and congestion.