Even the much-loathed ground elder
started its British life as a popular plant: it was brought here by the Romans because of its ability to alleviate the symptoms of gout.
is another invasive nuisance, its underground rhizomes taking hold and often smothering those of neighbouring plants.
I've joked about it lots in the past but in 2011 I'm going to found the Ground Elder
can grow up to 5ft a year, so dig out those stems to deny them reproduction.
4Persistent weeds such as bindweed and ground elder
can be spot-treated with a selective weedkiller.
Persistent weeds like bindweed and ground elder
are never added to compost heaps unless hot enough to destroy them.
3 If ground elder
or other tough weed has invaded an area, consider covering the whole area with old carpet or thick black polythene to stop the light and thereby eventually eliminate the weed.
If they are neglected and dominated by tough, perennial weeds such as ground elder
, you may be facing a losing battle.
ERIC ROBSON, CHAIRMAN: "I've joked about it lots in the past but in 2011 I'm going to found the Ground Elder
Ominous bindweed stems are appearing where I thought I'd got rid of it last year, and ground elder
is appearing feet away from where it was.
While bindweed snakes its way through borders and up hedges, ground elder
is emerging from under my neighbour's fence and couch grass is appearing amid perennials and shrubs.
The theory is plants with runners such as strawberries and those with creeping stems such as bulrush, above, and ground elder
can inform the rest of the plant about their status.