Bluebells out of control

Asked February 17, 2020, 7:53 PM EST

I love bluebells...to a point. They are everywhere! They are inside many of my plants and in my stone walk. I can't dig them out. I have been pulling the tops out over the years, hoping they will run out of energy and stop, but every year there seem to be more. Digging them out just seems to spread them! Help!

Pierce County Washington bluebells

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I am assuming this is the plant you are describing: http://www.pnwplants.wsu.edu/PlantDisplay.aspx?PlantID=606 As with most bulbous and rhizomatous (underground runners) plants, digging them out is the best control mechanism. Although solarization (covering the soil with heavy newspaper or plastic for 4-6 months) to deprive a plant of water and nutrients is effective on other types of plants, it is not reported to work with these. So, operative chemical is elbow grease. Good luck!