Spider Wort problems - pic

kandm(8b coastal alabama)April 22, 2008

Does anyone else have this weed in their yards?



The flowers are pretty enough but the plant is absolutely invasive, my whole back yard is invested and it grows super fast. Nothing seems to work on it.

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squirrellypete(z7b AL)

Hi kandm, I'm sorry I don't have any advice to offer on your spiderwort problem. I wasn't even aware it could get invasive and I have several plants in a couple of my beds.

I do have an unrelated question though, can you tell me the name of the amber colored heuchera in the second pic?? Is it that color year-round or only certain times?

Thanks, and I hope someone else here can give you some suggestions. Sincerely, Danielle

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 9:23PM
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The tropical spiderwort, Benghal dayflower, Commelina benghalensis L. is on Alabama's list of invasive plant species.
The info at the 2nd link may help you with identifying as to whether or not you have tropical spiderwort.
If you have an infestation of tropical spider wort, you may want to contact your local ACES.

Here is a link that might be useful: tropical spiderwort

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 9:06AM
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kandm(8b coastal alabama)

Sorry, I don't know what the other flower is, I just grabbed a couple of pics of spider wort off google image search to illustrate my post.

I am pretty sure it must be the tropical variety of spider wort, it's all over. The house next door has been vacant for a few months and I can see the same problem in their yard.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 1:26PM
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Does your spiderwort look like this?
Note that the leaves are a lot wider than on e.g. Virginia Spiderwort.

Here is a link that might be useful: 55 other spiderwort

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 3:23PM
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kandm(8b coastal alabama)

No the leaves are not that wide and it is more blue than purple. I think it's probably not the tropical kind, regardless, it is all over, every 3 inches or so. I called ACES and they said they had a similar complaint last week, after doing the research for the other person the woman said the only solution was to pull up the whole plant. Fun!

So now, how do I remove sod lol. Is there a tool I can rent?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:24PM
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You may be able to rent a

Here is a link that might be useful: sod cutter

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 8:53AM
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tweetypye(z8/sc AL)

Kandm...I too have a problem with spider wart...it's not the kind with the wide leaves either. It's very invasive and does spread itself around alot. I'm constantly digging it out of my beds etc. It also grows in my back lawn. I really don't think a sod cutter will take care of your problem because if you don't get all the roots (an they go pretty deep) it will just come right back. I hate the stuff and the only way I know to get rid of it is to dig it up or kill it with roundup. Good luck with your problem.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 2:44PM
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I have them everywhere too, and they are some juicy buggers. I get splattered every time I weed-eat them.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 7:55PM
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I think the coral bells is called "Caramel" and it is supposed to stay that color all the time.
Personally, I have a terrible time with invasive plants. I planted obedient plant and I haven't seen it since. Those little wild roses on the side of the road? Mine has been in the ground for 3 years and it is still a little tiny stalk with pitiful leaves. But I have impatiens coming up in the middle of the lawn and in the cracks in the driveway. (They're kinda pretty!)
Maybe I should get you to send me some of your invasive spiderwort!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 10:35PM
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i thought alabamatreehugger was having some of these for a cookout when i misread "juicy burgers". *lol*

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 10:33AM
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Spiders wort grows every where here in Ohio.. I dig it trying to get all the roots. This is a never ending job. How do I kill it? I have tried bleach, round up, gas, vinegar, and other weed killers, nothing seems to touch it. Last spring I did dig 6 garbage cans from my beds.. Today I am doing the same thing, this plant is terrible. The deep blue flowers maybe be beautiful to some people but I am so sick of digging this plant, there has to be something that will kill it along with that spreading root system. Please help...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2010 at 9:46AM
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Gee, am I the only one who likes spiderwort? I have a clump in my front flower bed and it does not seem to be "invastive" - maybe I should keep a close eye on it!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2010 at 5:10PM
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catbird(z7 AL)

I love it, too, and haven't had a problem with it being invasive, though it does spread. I have pink and blue. They're pretty in the winter and spring, then die down in the summer. Mine happen to be in an area where they can spread quite a bit without causing a problem anyway.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2010 at 7:38PM
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daffodillady(7b/8a central AL)

I like them too. Little to no care required, fairly drought resistant, reblooming off and all season- what more could you ask for?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 12:46PM
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i gave up the fight long ago. it just goes where it wants. if i could cross it with turnip greens i could feed the world from my yard. we've lived here 20 years and i've decided the old lady we bought it from routinely tossed a handful of marbles in the air and planted something where one hit. stuff just in the most obscure places.... the spiderwort just grows and grows....

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 3:06PM
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