Is this waterweed-like plant a weed?

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Is this waterweed-like plant a weed?

Postby heli » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:28 pm

I have this waterweed-like plant in my garden, I wonder if I should remove it as weed?

And also, do you guys remove all the leaves in your garden bed, like the leaves on the ground in this photo?
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Re: Is this waterweed-like plant a weed?

Postby Tropicgardener » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:24 pm

It is commonly known as Asparagus Fern, Asparagus aethiopicus (it is not a fern though as the name suggests). It is an invasive weed in many parts of Australia. Many years ago I spent weeks removing this pest from bushland by hand. It has root bulbils that break off and germinate again and is very hard to get rid of......best confined to a pot.
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Re: Is this waterweed-like plant a weed?

Postby heli » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:49 pm

Thank you, I will remove it then.
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Re: Is this waterweed-like plant a weed?

Postby tam » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:57 pm

do you guys remove all the leaves in your garden bed
No as they are a natural mulch.
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Re: Is this waterweed-like plant a weed?

Postby Pam » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:33 am

It's actually a declared weed (class3) in Qld and is considered a weed of national significance.

To remove it you will need to remove the entire underground crown, and keep a diligent eye out for any seedling that may pop up from berries that may have dropped.
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