Plants That Cannot Be Killed

Vitex Trees have beautiful purple flowers, but if left alone they grow out of control.  As it turns out, they are impossible to kill.  This one was chopped down to the ground (click on the first photo) and sure enough it has sent out multiple stems this spring.  The lesson has been learned to keep it trimmed and under control.

These are examples of spreading plants that can quickly get out of control.  The Peruvian Lily multiplies underground and each tuber must be dug up…if you can find them.  The Sedum was just one plant in a 4 inch pot.  It spreads like wildfire and if a piece of it is thrown on soil, it roots.  What can be said about Oxalis?  One becomes hundreds.

This Golden Dewdrop has been cut and poisoned.  It is still there and comes back year after year.


This Sword Fern was a passalong plant and just sat there with its two or three frons.  And then, it went into action, multiplying nonstop.  Every year, half of it is pulled up, but it doesn’t slow down.

Every gardener enjoys easy to grow plants.  There are certainly some that need to be kept in check before they get out of hand. Still working on that!

9 Comments on “Plants That Cannot Be Killed”

  1. I feel your pain! I am adding more crushed shell and rocks to cut down on groundcovers.

  2. Tina says:

    I haven’t grown any of these, though vitex is common here in Austin. I think it may be on an invasive list? Not sure about that though

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Thank you for this useful information.

  4. Val says:

    Our garden is full of sedum, but we like it – thankfully it fills many spaces amonst th many rocks along our stream and pond. There is, though, a lot of work when plants get out of hand.

  5. You are so right. We’ve struggled with our share of such plants.

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