Please help me identify this weed / plant.

WendyTee(7)May 8, 2013

Anyone know what this is?????!!! It has been trying to take over my flower garden. It has very long roots. I am in Southeastern Virginia. Someone told me it could be a type of Morning glory or Wild Sweet potato. I have doubts about that because I have never seen any flowers on any of them. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of these without harming flowers I want to plant in the same area? Thanks.

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Compare to Houttuynia cordata. Goes nuts in moist, full sun areas, but grows in part shade as well.
hortster

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 10:56AM
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silvergoldenrod

I have this growing everywhere. It is very hard to get rid of.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 11:32PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

What kind of flower does this get. It looks more like Nightshade or wild Morning Glory to me.
Both have extensive root systems that need to be pulled out.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 11:15AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Since you don't want it, shovel up the roots to get rid of whatever it is. If there are orange/purple potatoes, it's sweet potato. I doubt that's what it is since they are still dormant here. If it's Houttuynia, you can't garden that spot until you get rid of this. Little pieces of root not found/removed can keep growing new plants. Smothering might work for you. Can you add a pic of the whole area?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 10:24AM
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