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Gardening experts issue urgent warning over ‘highly invasive plant’ that’s ‘more dangerous’ than Japanese knotweed

FOR many, their garden is their prize possession and safe haven to kick back and relax in during the summer months.

But it turns out that underneath the pretty exterior, your outdoor space could be hiding a very invasive plant that’s been described as “more dangerous” than Japanese knotweed.

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The buddleia shrub, also known as the butterfly bush, is bursting with stunning flowers and attracts butterflies, birds and bees, making it a much-loved choice by many.

But while it may look harmless, according to experts it can be so lethal, it can even even devalue your home.

That’s because the invasive plant, which is often found in UK gardens, spreads its seeds to fast, it can quickly find itself spreading to areas its not wanted – including walls, roofs and windowsills, according to experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk.

With the roots strong enough to penetrate buildings, buddleia is capable of inflicting “costly damage” and devaluing properties as a result.

The experts urge all homeowners to remove buddleia from their gardens by spraying or injecting the trunk with herbicide, which will cause it to “wither and die.”

If your butterfly bush has crawled up the side of your home, you will need professional help to make sure the shrub hasn’t impacted the infrastructure of your home


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However, if it’s too late and the invasive plant has already caused too much damage to the structure of your home, then it’ll need to be removed professionally.

As reported by The Express, a spokesperson for the company commented: “If you already have a butterfly bush and are concerned it may be impacting your garden and home, you must treat it effectively to make sure it doesn’t come back.

“If your butterfly bush has crawled up the side of your home, you will need professional help to make sure the shrub hasn’t impacted the infrastructure of your home.

“Any structural damage can be extremely expensive and time-consuming to repair.

“If the shrub is further away from your home, one way to prevent it from spreading and germinating is to prune the flowers before they are able to seed.”


It comes after Fabulous told how a gardening expert recently revealed the best way to get rid of dreaded Japanese knotweed, before warning people to never dig it up because this is how it spreads.

There’s believed to be a whopping 50,000 infestations of the invasive plant in the UK.

But few people know you could face a hefty fine if you don’t deal with it properly.

The plant, which has bamboo-like stems and blossoms small white flowers during the summer months, can spread rapidly and cause significant damage to property and infrastructure.

However, once it’s there, it’s tricky to get rid of and should be left to the experts otherwise there’s a risk it can regrow.

But gardening expert Dave took to TikTok and shared a helpful trick.

He explained: “If you don’t let it get any leaves on [it and] stop it from ever leafing, the roots will die eventually.”

Rather than digging the plant up, he suggested “cropping it like asparagus,” which he claims will help keep it under control, without the risk of it continuing to spread.

The Most Invasive Plants in the UK

Several non-native species have been introduced to the UK over the years. These are the most problematic plants to look out for in your garden.

Japanese Knotweed

It is an offence against the 1981 Wildlife & Countryside Act to grow Japanese Knotweed. 

It might not be poisonous, it is extremely fast-growing and can seriously damage buildings, paving and structures.

Giant Hogweed

It might look rather attractive, but Giant Hogweed can be pretty dangerous. 

The plant’s sap is toxic and can cause burns or blisters if it comes into contact with the skin.

Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam is another plant you need to keep your eyes on. 

It produces an array of pretty pink flowers, but one plant is said to be able to spread 2,500 seeds, that are “launched” over a distance of seven metres.

And like other invasive plants, Himalayan Balsam wipes out other plants, growing up to three metres high, drawing out sunlight for smaller plants.

New Zealand Pigmyweed

New Zealand Pigmyweed is an aquatic plant that can cause havoc in still water, such as lakes and ponds or even slow moving water, such as canals.

It also impacts animals, such as frogs, fish and newts, as it can form a dense mat on the water’s surface, therefore starving the water of oxygen.

Rhododendron

An incredibly beautiful plant, loved my many gardeners, but the Rhododendron is technically classed as an invasive specie due to its rapid growth in woodlands.

Unlike other invasive species mentioned on this list, it’s not recommended to completely remove or kill Rhododendrons but instead take extra care to manage their growth, trimming and pruning them regularly.

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