Anyone growing Petasites hybridus?

john_trussville(z7b AL)May 17, 2006

Just discovered this plant recently. I like about anything that is big and tropical in appearance and was thinking about trying it in the woods adjacent to my yard. From what I've read its supposed to spread pretty fast. Was just wondering how invasive it can be & if I'll be sorry in a year or two. Anyone have experience with it?

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terramadre

Well, I am growing both Petasites japonicus 'Variegatus' and P. japonicus. They are behaving but I am aware that they could spread rapidly. I, too, like the large leaf tropical appearance; however, mine are still quite small.
You may want to try them in the woods.........

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 7:17PM
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john_trussville(z7b AL)

terramadre, thanks for the pics. You've convinced me that 'Variegatus' is the one I've got to have. A couple more questions: Do you have yours planted in a wet area? If not, do you have to water it to prevent wilting when we have a hot, dry period? My property is all pretty high on a mountain ridge and I have plenty of shady areas, but its all very well drained. And if you don't mind me asking, did you acquire yours locally or buy online? I've found it available from Brian's Botanicals so I may order it from him if I find its not available in the B'ham area.

thanks again,
john

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 8:32PM
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catbird(z7 AL)

Whiteflower Farm's on-line catalogue says it's called "pestasites" because of its tendency to become invasive. You might want to read their review at http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/35780-product.html. Forestfarm.com says it's "edible (& potentially invasive)" Their pictures are intriguing, though. Do you suppose you could keep it contained and moist by planting it in a large pot sunk in the ground and filled with good soil and perlite or vermiculite or some such?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 10:01PM
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terramadre

John,
The plants were passalongs from our local plantaholic ;-)
They are growing in heavy clay and in the shade. There are no wet or even constantly moist areas on the property. I only water when we have drought conditions.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 3:59PM
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