NOT fern leaf bleeding heart!

boodogMay 7, 2012

I just wanted to warn everyone out there to a huge problem I just realized in my garden. I bought and planted poison Hemlock in my garden.

Last year I purchased several "fern leaf bleeding hearts" in tuber form from Walmart, I think they were 3 tubers a bag. I started these in pots prior to spring planting and was very pleased with how quickly these grew. I planted them in June and while I noticed how incredibly tough they were (construction around them), otherwise paid them little attention.

This year however they took off like gangbusters. To the point that they are now 5ft tall.

Well obviously NO bleeding heart is 5 ft tall and I cut one of them down and started doing some research. What I came up with is poison Hemlock.

There is no way the plant was a weed, I have a huge stand of them where I spaced out my "bleeding hearts" to grow into. This is a brand new as of last year shade bed that was filled with compost 1 foot deep over mature oak roots- nothing but sparse grass was there before.

So to all with big "bleeding hearts" beware!!!

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Poison Hemlock is an annual that probably blew in over the course of the last year and sprouted this spring. I'd check that bed again and see if your bleeding hearts aren't still in there, hidden under the foliage of the PH.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 7:44AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hi & welcome to Gardenweb. Can you share a picture?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:47AM
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When reading about PH, I read that it is a biennial-which would explain last year and this. I dug them up today hoping that maybe my bleeding hearts were there, and Nope not a thing except the PH. I took some pictures and will forward as soon as I figure out how.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 2:26PM
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