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English Ivy and Lamium

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Pamela12-Jan-06 05:42 PM EST 6b   
Michelle. L.13-Jan-06 12:07 AM EST 5b   
Leanne17-Jan-06 09:35 AM EST 9   
Nancy17-Jan-06 02:24 PM EST 5   
kathleen03-Sep-06 11:37 PM EST   
Art17-Oct-12 12:36 PM EST 6b   

Subject: English Ivy and Lamium
From: Pamela
Zone: 6b
Date: 12-Jan-06 05:42 PM EST

I heard that English Ivy and lamium can take over an area and impact other groundcover. How can i control these plants, and what do i do with the cuttings, can i just compost them or will they spread from the compost (I live beside a natural area and wasn't sure what would happen if the plants spread outside my yard).

Subject: RE: English Ivy and Lamium
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 13-Jan-06 12:07 AM EST

Hi Pamela, i don't know about the English ivy but I do know about the spreads and spreads, i made the mistake of digging all mine up when i moved to my new place and put it in the compost and it grew and spread even more.. it is years later and is STILL coming up although a lot less.. once you have it it seems you always have it. Too aggressive for me anyhow, good luck.

Subject: RE: English Ivy and Lamium
From: Leanne
Zone: 9
Date: 17-Jan-06 09:35 AM EST

English Ivy is terribly invasive - our city does not plant it and recommends no one else does. It can even strangle some plants. I wish nurseries would advise people of 'pest plants' like this one. I was advised to use 4-5 sessions of Round-up to kill mine. Hopefully your colder climate may help - good luck.

Subject: RE: English Ivy and Lamium
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 17-Jan-06 02:24 PM EST

In zone 5, I really don't have to worry about English Ivy. But I do have lots and lots of lamium, which I just love.

I find the very silvery varieties (White Nancy, Beacon Silver, Orchid Frost) great to add a touch of light to very shady areas. The chartruse and white leafed varieties, like Beedham's White or Anne Greenway aren't as aggressive. In fact I've had difficulty getting them to spread when I want them to.

Even the most agressive ones, like the older cultivers that have the dark green leaves with the white stripe in the middle (Chequers?)can be controlled easily by ripping out what you don't want. They don't spread underground, but some of them will self seed.

Subject: RE: English Ivy and Lamium
From: kathleen
Date: 03-Sep-06 11:37 PM EST

Help! The previous owners of the house we purchased last fall let ivy grow up the stucco walls of the house. I have pulled out the ivy, but am having a devil of a time getting the tendrils off the stucco. In pulling it, I have pulled all the paint off the stucco and am STILL left with thousands of the hairy bits all over. Does anyone know how to get rid of this stuff?

Subject: RE: English Ivy and Lamium
From: Art
Zone: 6b
Date: 17-Oct-12 12:36 PM EST

I'm interested in growing lamium from cuttings. I would also like to get a catalog for obtaining seeds or plants. Thanks for any help.

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