by Connie Oswald Stofko
A reader sent me this question:
“I have what I assume is a weed every year in one garden bed. I cannot get rid of it no matter what I try. It is green leafed and grows on a stem that snakes under ground. The stem is reddish purple under ground and the leaves come up from that as it spreads all over. It can get very tall. It’s coming up already. It twists through my roses and day lilies and is ugly. I don’t know what it is. Help?”
Kathy Thomas of South Buffalo
When she sent me photos, she added:
“This is the invasive thing that is growing better than anything I ever planted! It is already a few inches high and all over. I hope someone can help me. This has been a problem since we moved here 20 years ago.”
Can you help this reader? What is this plant? Do you have any tips on how Kathy can get rid of it? Please leave a comment below.
I can offer this much help. This is definitely a weed. A weed is any plant that is growing where you don’t want it to grow.
But I’m not a gardening expert. I’m a writer by profession who interviews knowledgeable people in order to provide you with great articles on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.
So when someone asks a question I can’t answer, I post the question and rely on my readers to share their expertise. If you have advice for Kathy, please leave a comment below. If you want to know the answer to these questions, check back later to read the comments.
Sending a question to me to post can be helpful if you’re looking for a wide range of opinions and don’t mind waiting for the answer. If you want to try this route, email the question to me at email@example.com and I’ll pose it to my readers in an upcoming issue.
A more efficient route for getting your questions answered is to turn to Master Gardeners with Cornell Cooperative Extension or to turn to your local garden center.
For Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County, call (716) 652-5400 from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Chautauqua County, email your question to CCEMGCC@gmail.com; call the Helpline at (716) 664-9502, ext. 224, or stop in to the Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.
There are helpful Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in other counties, too. Find contact information here for your county’s Cooperative Extension office.