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Garden plant you need to ‘stay clear of’ that’s ‘more dangerous than Japanese knotweed’


Gardens are filled with many plants, but not all of them are great for growing in the ground by your home.

One particular plant has caught the attention of gardening experts recently for being highly invasive – Buddleia, otherwise known as the butterfly bush.

According to experts from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk, the butterfly bush could be “even more dangerous than the commonly known Japanese knotweed”. 

A spokesperson at Garden Buildings Direct said: “When it comes to avoiding plants, most gardeners and homeowners know to stay clear of the pesky Japanese Knotweed. 

“Buddleia is admired by many because its beautiful flowers and full shrub make it an attractive addition to any garden. The shrubs also attract butterflies and are loved by birds and bees.

“However buddleia, or butterfly bush, is another risky shrub to stay away from. 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.”

The shrub spreads by seed and can germinate in unwanted places, such as roofs, walls and window sills. 

Strong fibrous roots allow the bush to grow through buildings and foundations, giving it the potential to cause costly damage to homes across the UK. 

As a result, the invasive shrub could also impact house prices for the worse.

The bush is also an environmental issue as it outcompetes native plants, by spreading roots and taking up space. 

Due to the large amount of nectar it produces, the bush distracts pollinators from native co-flowering species. This reduces the reproductive and survival success of other plants.

Anyone who already has a butterfly bush in their garden should look to replace it with something less invasive. 

According to the pros, buddleia can be effectively treated with herbicide by spraying or injecting it into the trunk, causing the plant to wither and die.

If the plant has already infiltrated your home’s structure, then it must be extracted by professionals to prevent further damage. 

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