Mystery plant is the highly invasive chameleon plant, or houttuynia

Walter S. Timmons

Q: I just observed this in my flower bed [the reader sent photos]. Could you please establish it for me? Could not uncover it in my wildflower e book. Thank you.

A: The rather flower in issue is normally referred to as chameleon plant — Houttuynia. It is highly invasive, specially in moist regions. Although it looks pretty now, you most likely want to pull it.

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Q: The hooked up pic reveals some floor go over I have in my zoysia grass that I was thinking if you can establish and what I can use to kill it. I have MSMA out there, but if that is not the correct chemical, I will invest in what is best.

A: Since you are carrying out a good occupation mowing, I are not able to be 100% guaranteed, but I think it is Virginia buttonweed. This is a perennial weed that prefers low and typically moist spots. If you can location it as it 1st receives established, dig it up, producing positive to get the taproot. Herbicides provide only temporary suppression of Virginia buttonweed. Various applications of a few-way (2,4D + MCPP + dicamba) herbicides at intervals of 3 to 6 months do a good position. Never use them when the temperatures are incredibly hot.

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Q: You do this sort of a terrific company for us plant fans. I hope these shots are clear sufficient for you to tell me what form of plant/shrub these are. They are supposed to be the same sort of plant. Thank you for your enable.

A: It is achievable they are both of those loropetalum. For absolutely sure, the tiny 1 is. The tall a single could be a much larger assortment of loropetalum or it could be a smoke tree. I are unable to tell for guaranteed from the photo, for the reason that the resolution is small. When I blow it up it will get fuzzy. Why are they planted in the center of the area of grass?

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Q: My buddy and neighbor requested me what to do about a hearth ant mound in her yard garden. Is managing it with Orthene a practical choice? As you can see there is by now a compact squash amid the blooms. I informed her I might inquire you. (She and I both equally treat ant mounds in our respective lawns as they seem.)

A: Hearth ants in a vegetable back garden are difficult. Quite a few of the traditional hearth ant baits are not labeled for edibles. Browse the label of your formulation of Orthene and see if it is labeled for squash. Goods made up of Spinosad are labeled for gardens and ought to get rid of hearth ants. You could also thoroughly shovel the fireplace ant mound into a bucket with drinking water and some vegetable oil to eliminate the ants. Some individuals do pour boiling water on the mound, but as near as your mound is to the squash plant, I am fearful you would damage the plant. Superior luck, and be thorough. Hearth ants are not fun to offer with.

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Q: Our camellia tree’s leaves are turning yellow and then brown. We have presently dropped a large limb that experienced no indicator of lifestyle. The huge limb in the photo nonetheless has inexperienced if you scratch the bottom bark. Entergy arrived past 12 months and “trimmed” the trees behind us, leaving it with lots of morning and afternoon sunlight. Could it be sun scald, or maybe a fungus or nutrient difficulty? Any aid as to what is occurring would be appreciated. We sure never want to drop this tree.

A: It does not appear promising. If a camellia has lived its entire daily life in a shady atmosphere and then is uncovered to comprehensive sunshine, that can induce harm. I definitely believe you have a lot of lifeless wood. Do you see any cracks or injury on the trunk? When this is not the suitable time to move a huge plant, you may possibly have to check out a “Hail Mary” and transfer it to a shadier spot, removing the dead branches in the procedure. H2o it nicely all summer season and see what happens.

Retired just after 38 decades with the College of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Provider, Janet Carson ranks between Arkansas’ most effective known horticulture professionals. Her blog is at Create to her at P.O. Box 2221, Small Rock, AR 72203 or email [email protected]

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