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|Negative ||Bruce10 ||On Jun 5, 2009, Bruce10 from Junction City, OR wrote:
This plant is extremely invasive and should not be offered for sale or trade. It will completely cover an area choking out all other plants.
|Negative ||anelson77 ||On May 16, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:
invasive exotic which has escaped to the woods and crowds out native woodland plants. Its also too weedy and stinky to be a good garden plant. It should not be planted and should be pulled out whenever possible.
|Positive ||giftgas ||On Apr 10, 2009, giftgas from Everson, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Is it a carrot, parsley, baby giant hogweed, poison hemlock? Doesn't everything look the same? Nice flowers...if it's the only plant you want in your garden. Think of it as a more hateful vinca...
|Neutral ||growinggreene ||On Apr 6, 2009, growinggreene from Healdsburg, CA wrote:
I have been trying to track the name of this one down for the last 10 years. I couldn't forgive that smell, either - it was so irritating that I tried to take them all out after a while. It never completely worked out but that's ok. Summer here may be too dry for the plant to thrive but it perseveres - autumn comes and I'll find a few seedlings once more flourishing in little spaces under the bushes!
|Neutral ||wannadanc ||On Aug 14, 2007, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:
I came here to comment on what a horrible smell comes from any crushed plant parts. What has happened instead is that I can easily shift to enjoying the appearance - because it certainly IS pretty enough. It is just that every place I see it reminds me of the nasty smell. Thank you, DGers, for giving me a mind set change.
|Negative ||janeanet ||On Jun 21, 2007, janeanet from Portland, OR wrote:
This plant is VERY invasive in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and should not be planted, at least in Washington and Oregon under any circumstances.
|Negative ||krishnatulsi ||On Aug 13, 2006, krishnatulsi from Nevada City, CA wrote:
This is the most prolific weed I've ever had in my garden. And to think that I bought it at a nursery and planted it myself.
Year One: little growth, no flowers
Year Two: prolific growth with many little pink flowers, not particularly attractive, pulled it out in favor of another geranium which has been much more beatiful
Year Three: thousands of weeds in my garden - in the gravel walkway, in the rock wall, sprouting under other plants, everywhere, all summer long, in wave after wave
Year Four: in spite of last year diligently pulling every weed before it went to seed, this year there were still many hundreds of sprouts, all summer long
Year Five: roughly a hundred, at least managable now
Don't even think about introducing this plant to your garden.
|Neutral ||mountainhome ||On Jul 30, 2006, mountainhome from Mehoopany, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
In dry shade this plant grows to about six inches tall and wide and is well mannered. HOWEVER, some got into my wet shade garden and is now 2 ft tall and wide and is taking over. I hate to pull it but I'm going to have to.
|Negative ||lunavox ||On Jun 5, 2006, lunavox from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I think the lacy foliage and cute flowers of herb robert are beautiful, but this plant is *so* invasive where I live (Seattle). It's really hard to eradicate, and yes, it does have a bizarre stinky smell. Basically, I'm happy with it, unless it's in my yard.
|Neutral ||Wayfinding ||On Jun 2, 2005, Wayfinding from Gig Harbor, WA wrote:
This is a very attractive groundcover, but it does spread like crazy and it is invasive. Also known as 'Stinky Bob', I'm surprised no one has mentioned how bad this guy smells when it's leaves are crushed!
I am keeping it in some areas of my property (beneath 1/3 acre of Maples and other tall trees) because it looks great and blocks out crabgrass, curly dock, and all kinds of ugly, out of control weeds that used to be growing there, at the same time I have to keep pulling it up from the pond and flower garden area and really don't enjoy the smell while doing that. I definitely would not recommend someone go out and buy this plant because of how invasive it is (see link).
|Positive ||garyon ||On Apr 27, 2004, garyon from Syracuse, NY wrote:
This has been a great understory plant in the "natural" areas of our garden. It self-seeds abundantly throughout the garden, but its shallow roots allow it to be easily pulled from the areas it is not wanted. I like to colonize it in large drifts among other geraniums and giant flowering raspberries.
A great plant for naturalistic or informal settings, possibly for pot culture as well.
Form, flowers and leaves attractive.
|Negative ||poppysue ||On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is a weedy little guy and better suited for a wildflower garden. I put one tiny plant in the corner of my shady bed and he threw his seeds far and wide! It's a pretty plant with nice foliage and cute pink flowers but it can be too much of a good thing.
|Neutral ||Lilith ||On May 2, 2002, Lilith from Durham
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
Common in shady places, it attains its full glory on walls or rocks where the sun turns stems and leaves brilliant crimson.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Redwood City, California
San Francisco, California
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Buffalo, New York
Croton-on-hudson, New York
Syracuse, New York
Grassy Creek, North Carolina
Junction City, Oregon
Gig Harbor, Washington
Lake Goodwin, Washington