I guess I’m not really a “treehugger”. Nor am I a lover of all of nature’s precious living creatures (more on that soon). There are those members of the flora and fauna world that I have no patience or tolerance for, and I have failed in trying to find enough redeeming qualities to make them acceptable (for me).
The culprits are not a surprising cast of characters. When you talk to another gardener about horticultural foes, it’s like sidling up to a bar and trading war stories with the guy on the next bar stool. Instant camaraderie ensues.
Top of my list? I can’t decide between Ficus (of any species) and Algerian Ivy. If I ever considered buying a house that had either of these on the property, I would run screaming.
However there are others that are not far behind.
(In no particular order)
Schinus terebinthefolia (Brazilian Pepper Tree)
photo credit: João de Deus Medeiros
Aside from the constant (and I mean constant) dropping of those little leaves and the incessant reseeding I suppose maybe it has a place somewhere.
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
photo credit: nestmaker
This is one of the plants that I wince when I see it planted in some oblivious person’s garden. If a professional was involved, I want proof they explained what it’s like when it’s seeding.
Thanks, I’m glad I got that out of my system.