Flora and fauna in a North Carolina garden.
My New Weed
There has been a new invader into my all ready weedy habitat.
Its scientific name is Phyllanthus urinaria.
Common names include chamber bitter, gripe weed, leaf flower and little mimosa.
I suspect it arrived hidden in a bale of pine needles. Sneaky little weed.
It looks like tiny mimosa trees. Its little leaflets close when touched.
It has seed pods on the underside of the stems.
I have been manually removing it until my fingers cramp.
This is what I have been doing instead of watching the constant updates
on hurricane Florence.
I am an ostrich. I can only take so many models and forecasts.
According to the MAN, Florence is tremendously big and tremendously wet. Hmmmm?
I will wait in the weeds, bitter and griping.
Posts about gripe weed written by Flower Roberts
Chamber Bitter; Gripe Weed – Phyllanthus Urinaria
My property is infested with this weed, brought in, alas, with various natives I planted throughout 21 acres. This year I decided to get rid of it, and it has been the battle of my life. I spray it with glyphosate and hand pull some of it, which is back-breaking. My question is in two parts: at what point are the prolific seeds mature? It is much easier to spray it, but I’m hand-pulling it if the seeds look mature, for fear they’ll sprout even where the sprayed plant dies. The second related question is: if the seeds are immature, or mature for that matter, does spraying glyphosate interfere with their ability to sprout, such that it would be OK to spray a plant with even mature seeds and let it just fall where it dies, without fear of the seeds sprouting? Or are the seeds impervious to the hormonal disruption inflicted by spraying?
spoonbill, glyphosate kills green tissue and has no residual activity. I believe that the seeds of ‘seed under the leaf’ are green and therefore susceptible to the action of glyphosate. The trouble is to get the coverage, the seed being so ‘protected’. Additionally, the chemical is translocated via the phloem tissues and tends to migrate to the meristematic sites. It tends to accumulate in the roots, hence its effectiveness in controlling perennials when applied during the period when these weeds are storing nutrients for over wintering.
2.4D will kill the plant but it is volatile and harmful to most broadleaf plants. It is also a restricted-use chemical.
You can use a ‘burn down’ chemical like diquat dibromide if you can find the labeled product for your particular situation. It is contact chemical and kills by dessication and very quickly. Thereafter, you can set up a program of glyphosate on the regrowth and a timely pre-emergent for the seeds.
My property is infested with this weed, brought in, alas, with various natives I planted throughout 21 acres. This year I decided to get rid of it, and it has been the battle of my life. I spray it with glyphosate and hand pull some of it, which is back-breaking. My question is in two parts: at what…