Identify plant

Asked April 18, 2019, 7:32 PM EDT

Can you identify this lovely plant I found growing in my shady yard?

St. Mary's County Maryland invasive lesser celandine flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

7 Responses

Unfortunately, this is a highly aggressive foreign invasive plant. It is pretty, which is why it was originally brought here to the U.S. Now it has taken over huge swaths of Maryland, smothering native plants and not providing anything good for our wildlife.
It will take over your landscape and your neighborhood if not stopped. Although it grows from tubers, they are so small and numerous that digging is only successful when you have a very small clump or single plant. You must dig up a big shovelful of soil to ensure that you get every tuber.

You can also kill it easily with an herbicide containing glyphosate. Since it goes dormant by summer, you need to spray while it still has leaves, i.e. now.
(Be careful what glyphosate product you use, since some are mixed with other ingredients that can kill everything there for a long time.)

Ellen

Unfortunately, this is a highly aggressive foreign invasive plant. It is pretty, which is why it was originally brought here to the U.S. Now it has taken over huge swaths of Maryland, smothering native plants and not providing anything good for our wildlife.
It will take over your landscape and your neighborhood if not stopped. Although it grows from tubers, they are so small and numerous that digging is only successful when you have a very small clump or single plant. You must dig up a big shovelful of soil to ensure that you get every tuber.

You can also kill it easily with an herbicide containing glyphosate. Since it goes dormant by summer, you need to spray while it still has leaves, i.e. now.
(Be careful what glyphosate product you use, since some are mixed with other ingredients that can kill everything there for a long time.)

Ellen

Oh, no! I will get rid of it! Thank you!!

Very good and quick response. Only thing missing was the name of the invasive plant. ?

Thank you!!