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Re: poke was: terms/hollyhock?? OT Poke

Wow. Guess I am lucky huh? The birds have "brought" me hibiscus,
Virginia creeper and Queen Anne's lace, those little white asters
(people call them road asters here) but not this stuff. Sounds like it's
pretty invasive once it gets started. Mt worst weed by far is those
bloody sticker vines that grow roots to China. They are the only thing I
keep Round-Up around for. Beastly things.

thanks for the info lady!!


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Fri, 10 Jan 2003 23:50:30 -0500

>> From: Pamela J. Evans <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>>  We don't seem to get that here.  Does it not like heat or clay
>Pam, as far as I can observe, it will grow anywhere; loves clay and
>thrives on heat.  Just count yourself incredibly lucky if you don't
>have this weed.  It is, I must say, a majestic plant and I can well
>see why it is considered ornamental by those who are not over run
>with it.  Can get upwards of 12' - 13' feet tall; foliage turns red
>in fall; red stained stems; black berries...AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE
>I have dug roots as big around as my arm, going down 3' or more. 
>Birds love the berries (Cardinals get drunk on them in fall) and
>spread the seeds all over.  Impossible to pull after seedling stage;
>any bit of root re-sprouts.  When I cleared my woods for the deer
>fence, the next spring the ground was literally covered in seedlings
>- along with wild grape...I have never seen so many, proving that the
>seedbank in the soil has a long life.  Spent all last season digging
>out seedlings and know I will have several more years of the same
>before I get rid of it.  Will flower and set seed at a very early
>age.  A menace akin to garlic mustard IMO.
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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Kemp TX/zone 8A

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