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Volunteers welcome, but not needed

Posted by Leekle2ManE Lady Lake, FL 9a (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 17, 13 at 11:53

This guy showed up in my yard around the beginning of the summer. At first I did not mind, but he hasn't done much at all since arriving aside from getting bigger. The problem is, he is currently standing right where I have been working on building a herb bed. Not to mention he is standing right over where my water line runs. I asked him to move to some other location, but he just simply refuses. I guess he kind of likes the sandy, well-draining soil. I am at the point where I'm about to forcefully move him myself, but I don't know if I should be looking at kicking him out of my yard completely or if I should find him a new spot to stand. I have asked him for some sort of identification, but he again refuses. So I am curious if any of you have seen him or someone related to him in your yards? Where does he come from and should I be worried about him or welcome him?

Here are some pictures of him:

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RE: Volunteers welcome, but not needed

Baccharis ?

RE: Volunteers welcome, but not needed

I agree.

RE: Volunteers welcome, but not needed

Baccharis halimifolia, a.k.a. sea myrtle - bees love it when it's in bloom...

Here is a link that might be useful: Sea myrtle

RE: Volunteers welcome, but not needed

I wondered that myself. It looks a bit like the pictures of Baccharis halimifolia in my book of Florida Natives, but I'm a fair distance from the coast and I have not seen this growing wild in my area. It is very possible that it managed to hitchhike after a trip to the beach, with the beach I tend to visit being a very natural area within a preserve with lots of marshland between it and civilization. It is even growing in a spot right next to where I usually unload everything after trips. And while I may or may not be guilty of sometimes grabbing a few seed samples before leaving the beach, I have never picked one of these. Nor would I think to direct sow anything, but would rather try germinating in a controlled environment.

Still, if it is Baccharis, then I will need to move it. A shrub/tree of its size right over the water line is not a good thing.

Any other opinions/input?

RE: Volunteers welcome, but not needed

And a few more responses while I was typing. Thanks for the link Carol. From reading up on it there, it seems that the Sea Myrtle is "Apparently extending its natural range inland from the coastal plain". So this is likely what I have.

Thanks everyone. Now to delicately try to dig it up to transplant it to a better location.

RE: Volunteers welcome, but not needed

It showed up here in my north Atlanta yard .... have no idea how it got here, but I have seen it on a few roadsides nearby in late fall.

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