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Old 05-27-2011, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Invasives you are most reluctant to eliminate

Though I've become stricter about eliminating every last alien from my property, there is still a plant that I never remove, Trifolium pratense, red clover. Whenever I see it in flower, it is buzzing with bees, and I know it's manufacturing nitrogen from the sun and air. Indeed, I give this plant free reign wherever it cares to grow. I have one now that is growing inches from monarda that I planted last summer. Neither plant seems adversely effected by the other.

Are there alien plants that you simply refuse to remove for whatever reason?
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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I'm sure some of the asters I have are not native but I keep them because of the amount of beneficial bees, wasps and butterflies they draw.
They're also one of the few FALL blooming species we have in the U.P.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:50 AM   #3
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Funnily enough I am also keeping my Trifolium pratense plants here and there.

They don't seem all that invasive, and things seem to like them. Sometimes I give them a haircut and dump the leaves into compost.
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Funnily enough I am also keeping my Trifolium pratense plants here and there.

They don't seem all that invasive, and things seem to like them. Sometimes I give them a haircut and dump the leaves into compost.
I think it is probably a common practice considering its positive qualities and lack of real invasiveness. Does anyone else leave this plant to roam at will though it originates from Europe?
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I let it grow if it is near the bay....I too enjoy sucking the sweet, sweet nectar from within its crimson blossoms.
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I had to really think about this when I read your thread. In my mind, I want to eventually grow only natives on our two acres--will it ever happen? ...all I can do is try.

Not really by choice, but by necessity, what I seem to leave be (for now) are the grasses...I know many of them are European--the few timothy I have and an orchard grass...probably a lot more mixed in, but until I can add more natives *and* identify what I have, I'm letting them be...for now better a mostly European meadow than no meadow at all.
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:29 PM   #7
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Common St. Johnswort is attractive to humans and insects; I leave a little bit of it.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
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Bronze fennel. It always gets away from me and by the time I try to pull it it has butterfly eggs on it.
I just cut the taller blooming ones back a bit and just hope I didn't remove any eggs by accident.

The 4 Zizia do not attract the butterflies at all. They only visit the fennel.
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Good to see you back, amelanchier.

I have some St. Johnswort, that seems to be listed as a native. Do you have the scientific name for common St. John's wort?
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Daylilies and Queen Anne's lace. The rudbeckia, silphium, ratibida, asters, and panicum in our meadow garden don't seem to mind them at all. And we leave red clover; it's better than some of the ground covers that could sprout here.
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