Weedy bulbous plants

santoury@aol.com santoury@aol.com
Wed, 24 Nov 2010 08:32:41 PST
Well, I really don't like seeing the term "invasive" used , ever  -  there are people who LOVE the plants that are not invasive in certain conditions. 
For example, Lapageria, is a highly sought-after plant here, and there's not a snowball's chance in hell that it would "take over." In fact, I'd LOVE to have several for my greenhouse. 
There are plants that are especially successful in propagating themselves, yes, but I disagree with the whole invasive term. 
Norway Maples are very "aggressive" as are Wisterias, here, but in other parts of the country, people seek them out. 
Using "invasive" only shuts off access to plants that could otherwise be well enjoyed by others. 
That said, I welcome any and all plants that are not wanted - I like them all. 

-----Original Message-----
From: James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 10:17 pm
Subject: Re: [pbs] Weedy bulbous plants

Dear Friends, 
   Perhaps I am needlessly paranoid about the 'Invasive Plant Police', but I do not think it is the purpose of this forum or the wiki to add injury to this white list/ black list endeavor. I am convinced that almost any plant can be exuberant, weedy, over active, whatever, given the right conditions*, but any  (and I do mean any) stamp of 'INVASIVE" on the wiki will merely serve as further proof of the need for prohibition and denial of the right to grow this plant in every other part of the country. 
   By keeping invasive comments into the body of 'conversations' on individual messages, we do not give a PBS stamp to this situation. On the email list individuals can share experiences without tagging a plant over the entire course of its cultivation. 
   I just suggest we be extremely careful before we start tagging any item on the wiki as "Invasive' and so approved by PBS. 
   Is this too extreme to suggest?  Just think about what this means and its repercussions.    Best    Jim W. 
* For example, I was recently shocked to hear from Ina in New Zealand what an "invasive weed" Lapageria rosea had become for her. Surely there are extremely few people who would want to see this blacklisted from growing in the US because it has invasive tendencies in N. Z. 
Dr. James W. Waddick 
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