I am beginning to clear cut this area for my RR. This plant is Known as Ruellia brittoniana, common name Ruellia. in my area the flowers open every morning are drop by 5or 6pm. I really like the plant, but it is incredibly invasive
You can see the plant has grown under the brick and is sprouting all over in the lawn. I should have acted a year or 2 ago, but now the whole plant is coming out. It took a couple of hours of digging, then waiting a week and re digging to clear out most of the roots
this is 2 weeks later, I went through the area with a shovel looking for roots again and found this , not as clear as I hoped , but the green branch on the right near the top are 2 roots sprouting… This is going to be a bear to kill, I am guessing about 6 months of digging and spraying with Roundup to kill it , not counting the digging up the grass side to kill it there too. Looked at both sides of the card to this plant to get the name and nowhere on it did they warn you it in invasive. Oh well, the fun side of garden railroading, and gardening.