How Do I Get Rid Of Cape Lily In My Garden?

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How do i get rid of this plant in my garden

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Charlotte-As you have most likely found out the Cape Lily or Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) can be extremly invasive as it can spread by underground bulbils and seeds. It is not only invasive but is toxic also. Because of this all parts of the plant should be regarded as poisonous to people and animals.
Whenever possible digging up the plants that pop up in the garden is the best way to control it and eventually eradicate if from the garden. It is important to dig up as much of the root system and bulbils as possible and discard them in a way they can not regrow or be added to any compost pile. Unfortunately this plant is non-responsive or resistant to many herbicides we normally find in our nurseries and garden centers. Products such as Image Crabgrass killer, Spectracide Weed Stop for lawns, Fertilome Weed Free Zone, and Bonide Weed Beater Ultra were a few products that may be available at your local nursery but unfortunately they will only provide some control even after several applications. According to studies at Pardue University, paraquat provided more control of this plant than most others herbicides. One product that contains paraquat and has been proven to be affective in controlling or eradicating the Cape Lily is Gramoxone. I noted a link below to an article that will give you other product trade names for this herbicide. According to the U.S Forestry Service and Cooperative Extension services imazapyr, chlorsulfuron, metsulfuron or glufosinate can also be effective in controlling this plant. I also noted below a link that will give you the trade names also for these herbicides. If you have a quality nursery in your area they may be able to help with a product that contains these noted herbicides. If you have a farm supply or feed store in your area they many times will have a product that will contain these herbicides. I also found these products available on line also. I noted the link to the Cape Lily plant file which will give you some of this information under the comments. Just click on the links to go directly to the articles or plant file.

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