Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Invasive?



I am trying to figure out if this is the invasive weed called Policeman's Helmet. I am quite certain it is a type of Impatiens. The seeds fly at the slightest brush in the fall. Then in spring the new plants are everywhere in my shade/woodland garden. They grow to about 3 feet tall in my garden. I rather like them and find that they are easy to control by just pulling them out before they all go to seed.

4 comments:

Diana said...

That is the most gorgeous weed I've ever seen! Doesn't look terribly 'impatien-y' to me in the picture but you'd know better.

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

This looks like a plant that I have that I call poor man's orchid. They pop up everywhere in the spring and they have those delicate little flowers. I'm not sure if they are a weed, maybe, but I just let them grow because they're so pretty.

JeanAnnVK said...

I don't know what it is, but it is a sweet little flower...hard to find things that bloom in the shade, I say keep and pull!

Thanks for the carrot commiseration, who knew they would be persnickety? Getting ready to try for a fall crop. Glutton for punishment?

Teresa said...

Chigiy, I think I will start calling them Poorman's Orchid too; it is much preferable to Policman's Helmet!