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A couple of years ago I bought some long forgotten native plant (I don’t remember what it was… it died) from my favorite “Native Plant Nursery” in Ellijay.
Anyway, in along with whatever it was, was a single, small sprig of this scalloped leafed, blue flowered “thing”.
I thought it was pretty. So I left it alone and let it grow to see what it would do.
This thing is Creeping Charlie. A drought resistant, deer resistant, eradication resistant weed. Supposedly, you can use it as a herb, or make a poultice out of the crushed leaves for aches and pains, or eat it as a salad green, or make a calming tea out of it. I don’t recommend any of those things. While the leaves are palatable, it’s got this weird goaty – sheepy – lanolin vibe to it… like eating mutton steeped in tarragon.
What I can do with it… is pull it up. Daily… all day… every day. It grows about 8″ a day. The attractive little blooms produce quickly maturing seeds that are instantly viable. The vine-y things have little nodes that produce feeder roots if it’s disturbed. And the best part is – any part of the plant that is broken will produce roots…. and grow…. rapidly.
So, I’ve got a mess of vines, copious amounts of seeds, and a matted network of roots latticed through the mulched soil that has “creeped” the entire garden, and the adjoining planting beds.
I’m going to be a while getting this under control.
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