Some plants need sand. Answered on July 5, 2020. That's the dilemma with groundcovers - finding something that will spread and do its job, but not try to take over your whole property. Also goats will eat the active sprigs, but i've no goats I can borrow. Invasiveness is not alarming, but--how poisonous is it? My guess is you'd experience significant dieback or even outright death of the plant in your part of Colorado.Colorado is such a different climate than Tennessee that I'm not sure my personal experience would be very helpful.You might try this page from Colorado State - http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/xeriscaping-ground-cover-plants-7-230/Some of the options are much taller than you'd want between flagstones, but there are some very low-growing options (1-2 inches tall) listed as well. If it's truly dry there, that might keep the blue star creeper in check, but it would also probably make it more likely to die back in the summer heat (as it did here in Tennessee). Second, junipers tend to like a lot of sun. Otherwise I don't have a great deal of full sun options to suggest at this point. Appreciate the information re creeper's invasive quality. Best of luck to you!! Could take a few tries (at least) to eradicate Blue Star Creeper from a garden bed. Blue Star Creeper makes everything around it look good. I'm only in my second year of trying it in this situation and it took a while to get established last year, but is looking much stronger this year. Happy to have saved your garden :)You could check this PDF for some ideas that are appropriate to your region - http://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/native_plants_for_willamette_valley_yards_booklet.pdfJust hit "Control + F" and search for "groundcover".A few ideas that popped out at me from the guide would be wild strawberries (Fragaria virginiana), Oregon redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana) and Erigeron glaucus (seaside daisy).Good luck and please don't hesitate to return and let us all know what worked for you! Small, mounding ground cover. I will let them go a long time without rain, but will not let them go more than 3 weeks in our hot summer without a drink. Personally, I have dreadful compacted clay 'soil' in my yard and yet I amend only minimally when I plant. Was looking into mazus reptans or blue star, area is about 100 squ feet of flat surface with a short walway with flagstones.What could be good ground covers?Many thanks in advance! Needs no mow/low maintenance lawn substitute, as I have fibromyalgia with nearly constant low back pain and fatigue. If you find something that works for you, please come back and post another comment that might benefit other gardeners in your situation :)PS - I'd also suggest visiting the SF Botanical Garden or other nearby gardens and talking to the gardeners and volunteers there about your challenge. Withstands light foot traffic. Namely, since we're in a drought I took a sod cutter and removed the water-sucking lawn. Introduce Ladybugs to Your Tomato Plant. If you're looking for something to block weeds on the slope, I don't think it would work. )If you have sandy soil especially, I'd encourage you to think of the beach strawberry. Read Also: Blue Star Creeper Plant Care. 04/09/2019 As usual plants arrived in excellent condition. It's characterized by compound leaves, each usually consisting of five leaflets each, that grow along the vine. Blue star creeper is native to Australia and New Zealand and has many different varieties. I had just put in two paths of Blue Star Creeper yesterday. A few questions:- Does the creeper die back in winter and in midsummer? Its a great idea though if I could do it. By the way, I have had great success with "mother of thyme" and lemon thyme as lovely and manageable groundcovers. Do you find that it only spreads a certain distance and stops? Low growing groundcover. We don't have to worry about deer. A great filler between stepping stones or fluff for a potting planting, it's a great filler and tolerates gentle traffic. 'Alba' has white blooms. I do however have a problem with the clover growing along with it. Blue star creeper (Laurentia fluviatilis or Isotoma fluviatilis), true to its common name, is a creeping evergreen. I understand the common name is used for several different plant species.). Isotoma fluviatillis Blue Star Creeper The #1 selling STEPABLE® plant!! (The iron product I bought is no longer available, but there are other products with iron on the market now such as - http://www.amazon.com/BAYER-NATRIA-KILLER-CONC-Bottles/dp/B004Q0BQ6C/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1434196523&sr=1-1&keywords=iron+weeds) One downside to the products that contain iron is that you are not supposed to spray the grass when the high temperature will be over 80 or 85. I had not been familiar with Laurentia so I googled it's hardiness. While blue star creepers are not invasive by definition, they are not native to the United States and can spread quickly, becoming invasive in some situations. Something instead of grass that can tolerate some foot traffic. Hi Russ, Thanks for your comment. Blue Star Creeper - Laurentia axillaris - 3 Pack of Pint Pots A dainty little groundcover growing 1 inch or less in height and tolerating moderate foot traffic, Blue Star Creeper is perfect for use to fill the gaps between stepping stones and pavers, as a groundcover, or as a soil cover in container gardens. It is characterized by short, dark green foliage and delicate, pale blue to purple flowers that grow upwards on slender stalks. Low growing groundcover. and to all your readers too! Flowers are similar to those of lobelia, with two lobes in the upper lip and three lobes on the lower lip. I grew the 'Georgia Blue' cultivar of V. umbrosa for a while. The Star creeper has not invaded the neighbor's grass or our lawn in over 5 years. In the fall I discarded the plants, believing them to all be annuals, and threw the potting soil that remained in a low spot of a sparingly planted bulb garden. It has a reputation as being an aggressive grower, so I don't know whether containing its spread (e.g., keeping it out of flower beds) would be an issue. Blue Star Creeper 04/09/2019 By Martin Garrett (VA) Product reviewed: Blue Star Creeper {25 Pots - 3 1/2 in.} Heck, I may end up putting grass back into those flood prone areas. I cant install a French drain as I've no graded path from the yard to the street. Area will NOT be … Do you want something vigorous (that you may need to prune) or slower growing but less maintenance down the road? Lots more ideas here - http://www.sfpublicworks.org/sites/default/files/856-Recommended%20Drought%20Tolerant%20Plant%20List.pdfOf the shade-tolerant plants recommended there, some of the sedges and the strawberries (Fragaria spp.) I started playing right about the time 1.8 came out, so I'm kinda new. As I'm sure you know, Colorado is a semi-arid climate with less than 14" of rain per year. For some reason, I don't mind the Ajuga. Any suggestions? Great! These roots are just a small representative sample of the web that Blue Star Creeper has woven underneath the soil. In fact, I've just started trialing a patch as a lawn alternative! Maybe you could give that a try? As long as it is planted in a moist, well-draining medium it will be happy. Attractive, purple-red fruit adds another point of interest for this plant. Sow the seeds on moistened seed starter mix and cover the container with newspaper. It could look a bit wild, but if it works you might have lots of beautiful flowers that would attract hummingbirds and butterflies, followed by bright red-orange berries for the birds. If you find that any of these - or other plants - work for you, please return and let me know! Ah. Leaves are dark green. I really need your guidance. Happy to hear blue star creeper is working for you.As you say, it's capable of doubling in size each year, which can be fun for the first few years (especially if you're trying to cover quite a bit of ground), but could cause trouble down the road, especially if it creeps into wild areas (since it's probably a non-native plant for you (unless you're writing in from Australia or NZ).Still, I'm happy to hear that it's not causing you any problems and serving a purpose at the moment :). The leaves width can vary between 2 – 7 mm range. I bought some blue star to go between pavers (too many, some need removing as time/health allow). It was 8 months before I could do anything after removing the lawn, and those bindweeds started really taking over. First of all, there aren't many low-growing native (Juniperus virginiana) juniper cultivars. (At least, the ones that I call 'Johnny Jump Ups' are not invasive. Thanks for your friendly comment :)It does seem like blue star creeper should be hardy to zone 5.As for Veronica, there are many different species and cultivars, I think, so it's hard to give a blanket statement. Hardy from zones 6-9. I have a moderate size area to plant, which I plan to plant in perennials, so I'll just use blue star as a filler until my thyme and Irish moss start to fill in the area. I only play on my friend's server, so I can't change to peaceful. Simple theme. :). Use Current Location. GKH_Susan Certified GKH Gardening Expert. I'm really excited to get it started as I feel a bit late to the game. Good luck! The soil should have a pH level between 6.1 to 7.8, or mildly acidic to alkaline. It's not easy being a responsible gardener and still finding groundcovers that do the job. In fact, fertilizing blue star creeper too often can encourage aggressive growth which often becomes invasive. Help Wanted: Best Quick Privacy Screening Shrubs for Zone 7? Sorry for the numerous questions. I'm sure one of these will work. If you find something that works well, please do come back and let us know! Ideally I would like to have paver stones with creeping thyme or blue star creeper in between to form the pathway between the planter boxes. Ligustrum japonicum, Japanese/Glossy Privet, photo by Valter Jacinto Favorite Dave's Garden quote about Ligustrum japonicum: "Like Ligustrum sinensis, this is an exotic invasive species. Hi Aaron!I was original thinking to use blue star creeper but now re-thinking that decision. It looks great under ferns, in rockeries, shady areas or even at the edge of a garden pond. Thank you for the references! Ill check out those plant ideas and see what'll work. But as thyme creeps it roots, and starts new plants, which in turn live 2-3 years. They're not really forest understory plants. Thank you for your quick response. It's a nice alternative for difficult sites where traditional turf grass fails. The cut stump treatment is the only way to get rid of it. I have spent years chasing Winter Creeper, Vinca and Obedient Plant (an oxymoron) around the garden in an attempt to eradicate it, and I can see I would be doing the same with Blue Star. That would be cost and time prohibitive. -Kay. In summer temps are in the 90s and in winter below zero. Blue star creeper is the natives of Australia and New Zealand. )Or maybe you could intersperse the groundcovers with stepping stones? A. 4.2 out of 5 stars 13. They probably would have some other useful suggestions! Our city wouldn't allow a curb to be cut and a drain added either. Actually, I love this ground creeper. I planted mother of thyme, scotch moss, and yellow veronica in between stepping stones as a test to see which could make it through our hot, dry summers here in Fort Worth. There are many varieties of blue star creeper. Blue/ Mauve flowers Commonly confused with- Common Mallow Ease of control- Not easy. Low growing groundcover. Thanks so much, I was deciding between Elfin Thyme and Blue Star Creeper. Hi Ayka,Thanks for your comment!I'd like to help, but I don't know much about California gardening.This could be a good place to start - http://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/article/Native-ground-covers-the-perfect-glove-and-East-3237900.phpIt's got some good suggestions of groundcovers for sun and shade, but I think the "foot traffic" bit is going to be the hard part. You say you want a low-growing groundcover. No way! Blue star creeper forms a lush mat of deep green, fine-leaved foliage, topped with starry pale blue blooms throughout the spring and summer. During the summer, keep the soil moist with regular watering to support strong growth. Wow. I don't grow any thymes myself, but I think you'll run into one of the same problems as with the juniper -- namely that I believe thymes prefer full sun. My advice -- stay far, far away. Blue Star Creeper, pretty flowers, pretty aggressive, pretty finicky about growing conditions, etc. I know you were probably hoping for a single suggestion, but there's no magic bullet in landscaping. When and how is the best time and method to kill off invasive winter-creeper? In my garden, it only spread by roots, but I'm not able to categorically rule out the possibility of self-sowing...). It has beautiful blue flowers in autumn that attract butterflies and I think the foliage is pretty too. Ideally I would like to have paver stones with creeping thyme or blue star creeper in between to form the pathway between the planter boxes. It can also be a lawn substitute. Once the seedling reaches a six leaf stage, transplant them in ground, between rocks, along pathways and sideways, or in container and hanging pots. Any suggestions? Growing Mazus reptans is made easy by the fact that it seldom suffers from disease or insect infestation. Attractive, purple-red fruit adds another point of interest for this plant. I do like 'Blue Spruce' sedum. I have a few reasons for adopting the minimal amendment approach:1) Organic amendments will decompose and eventually you'll be back to whatever soil you started with. Oh well. Circling roots are Bad. I was just about to order a flat of the blue star ground cover. It even tried to spread into the lawn, so it would probably do fine with foot traffic. Blue, star-like blooms. I have two 45-50 pound dog kids. Hi there,Love your site! I think I'll try planting some thyme next spring :). Reportedly takes foot traffic https://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Lippia_nodiflora.html. Blue Star Creeper - Laurentia axillaris - 3 Pack of Pint Pots A dainty little groundcover growing 1 inch or less in height and tolerating moderate foot traffic, Blue Star Creeper is perfect for use to fill the gaps between stepping stones and pavers, as a groundcover, or as a soil cover in container gardens. It’s ideal for planting between paving stones, in the rock garden, or as an alternative for the lawn. Perfect for mass plantings as well as being tucked between rock or paving stones. Any new gardener that plants any of these plants will soon hate gardening. I'm afraid that if I had the fabric and rock, it would all become muddy and contaminate after the next rain storms. )I think Ajuga (A. reptans or another species such as A. genevensis) could probably tolerate some foot traffic http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/plants_and_grasses/grasses_lawncare/ajuga.htmlIf you're OK with an ornamental grass (not a turf grass), you could try Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama). I ripped up a patch of Blue Star Creeper here a couple of weeks ago. :)Since you've offered graciously suggestions to few other people, could you offer a suggestion for me as well. I've used it before and yes weeds grow through it or on top of it. Buy Blue Star Creeper online. Water the lawn with 1/2 to 1 inch of water where the blue star creeper is growing. So I don't think they would grow thickly in a woodland setting, nor do I think a 1-inch tall groundcover (in my experience) will block most weeds.6) The best advice I can give you is to plant a variety of low-growing woodland native plants. Get Pricing and Availability. Also deer tolerant would be good too! I'm not sure if blue star creeper is susceptible to broadleaf weed killers though. I tried growing it in full sun, but it couldn't stand the summer heat here in TN so it died out (I believe).But it's thriving in a partial shade (morning sun) bed and like I said has popped up 20-30 feet away, so I'm thinking I'll probably try to pull and dig a lot of it out this fall. ), but I think moss could be lovely, especially if the stones are quite close together. The previous owners put sand between each stone and it gets everywhere. If the soil *inside* the planting hole is nice and loose, the roots may just circle within that hole rather than venturing out into the big, bad world beyond. If that's an option you suggest which type is my best bet? Ligustrum japonicum, Japanese/Glossy Privet, ... Winter Creeper, ... Blue Star Creeper, Pratia pedunculata, Laurentia fluviatils, Isotoma fluviatilis. Ladybugs are harmless to tomato plants but harmful to bugs that pester tomato plants, such as aphids, and their eggs. 95. Does anyone have a suggestion about how to deal with the weeds that have taken over the creeper? I am near Jacksonville, Florida and this is the west side of the house, so heat and humidity is a thing. If it's in Tennessee or elsewhere in the Southeast maybe I can offer you some alternative groundcover ideas based on my personal experiences? But of course, that's 3 days after a rain, not including the rain days. We have less of a weed control problem in the creeper beds than in other gardens. Mine is planted between widely spaced stepping stones and holds up to not only foot traffic, but my somewhat heavy use of a wheelbarrow along that path as well. Heard very good things about 'Angelina' too, which has a similar growth habit, but different coloration.I don't know if any sedums are toxic to dogs (You could ask the ASPCA, which keeps lists on plant toxicity), but sedums are categorized as 'safe' on a University of California list... https://ucanr.edu/sites/poisonous_safe_plants/files/154528.pdfYou might consider a native groundcover - Phyla nodiflora, Texas frogfruit - although I have not grown it personally... http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=phno2, Hello, glad to have found your site! I have blue star creeper that was started under some azaleas (seattle area) Unfortunately, it "crept" into our grass, and I don't know how to get rid of it there. Ah, ha. I think they'd struggle. I have spent most of the summer trying to get the ajuga that the previous owner of the house planted out of my yard, it everywhere! It's native to California, which is especially important if you're choosing a spreading-type plant - http://bonap.net/MapGallery/County/Fragaria%20chiloensis.pngGood luck! I'm getting quite an education here. Groundcover Warning: Blue Star Creeper, Pratia ped... Groundcover Review: Pachysandra procumbens, Allegh... All Summer Long -- The Flower Parade Continues int... How Much Biodiversity Do We Need in Suburbia? Well, sorry you had to go through the hassle of planting and then un-planting, but hopefully you saved yourself a lot of work in the long run! Then we had some heavy rains and large portions of the yard flooded with muddy water. Rinse the leaves thoroughly after applying fertilizer to prevent leaf burn. Blue star creeper (Pratia pedunculata) Blue star creeper is a popular ground cover for moist environments. I'm considering Blue Star Creeper for an area near our pool that would get heavy foot traffic and lots of sun. Part shady patio looking for grass substitutes. Blue Star Creeper is perfect as a lawn substitute, excellent between stepping stones, under roses, around ponds, patios and decks. For our Utah yard, Star Creeper has been great, and I am glad we planted it. Isotoma fluviatilis is a perennial herb that forms a low-growing mat. What would you recommend?Thank you,Russ. I've trialed a lot of plants over the past 5-6 years and though my experiences are by no means definitive, I can at least share what I've learned.) A great feature of blue star creeper is it remains in bloom pretty much all season until … I've been thinking of growing some thyme as a groundcover, but had heard that it melted out in high summer heat and humidity. Buy a bag of living ladybugs from a local nursery, cut the bag open, and allow the ladybugs to come out onto the tomato plants. My "backyard" is a very steep sloping bank to the lake shoreline. Small seedlings can be pulled up by hand after the ground is wet." Shouldn't it be called 'Disobedient Plant' or 'Naughty Plant'? As an Englishwoman spending every spring/summer in Fentress County TN discovering what grows and what doesn't is a whole new learning experience for me. They ate my sweater as a kid. It can be easily contained with deep garden barriers or walls. They only thing that controls its spread is the weed killer. A. Apply 1 to 1.5 pounds (680 gr.) Growing Mazus reptans is made easy by the fact that it seldom suffers from disease or insect infestation. My original plan was to just put in sod plugs, but I thought something a little prettier and hopefully better smelling would be a nice touch. I'm so glad I just happened upon your blog! . Actually, Robin's plantain would probably grow very well in partial sun too, so if you just wanted a single species, that could work nicely. Because the gardens I do have are mainly naturalized perrenials and the area was sparsely planted, they are not causing any problems for me, and are serving a purpose. Now I will keep it in a large pot. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. Keep the container in a location where it receives partial sunlight, and keep the soil consistently moist until the seeds sprout. Sounds like a rain garden scenario (intermittent inundation followed by long dry periods). I, like many others here, was looking into adding blue star creeper to my yard and am rethinking that idea. Many, many thanks! Pull to remove the roots from the soil, and move your hand to the next section and continue pulling until the matted plant is removed completely from the soil. I notice you said they do fine on moist soil (which is good to know as our soil is often damp in winter and spring), but how about summer drought tolerance? So I need something for those areas specifically to absorb or hide/cover the water and yet maintain my Japanese garden theme. Would walking on it hurt them if it gets in their paw pads and fur? However, it thrives in the warmer seasons and requires warm spring and summer temperatures in order to survive. Thats funny, I never thought of them goats eating other stuff. Spray the foliage of the unwanted plant, on a dry, calm day, with a nonselective herbicide, such as a ready-to-use glyphosate product. Isn't it sad that someone gave 'Obedient' plant its name? Blue star creeper is not picky when it comes to soil. Wow love your website! Partridgeberry is slow-growing in my experience, which means it will take a while to fill in, but should be manageable.I've heard frogfruit is fast, which means you might have the opposite problem - quick to fill in, but ultimately might take some time and effort to keep it from spreading beyond where you want it ... unless of course you're fine with it spreading! My soil is packed clay so I guess regardless of what I put I'll have to greatly amend the soil. The most popular species include: Blue star creeper seeds can be harvested from mature plants, or purchased at a nursery or garden center. Hi AaronGreat advise again! Rinse the leaves thoroughly after applying fertilizer to prevent leaf burn. I don't mind zombies and skeletons. Not technically Blue Star Creeper, this species has larger, ½ inch leaves and light blue or white flowers in summer. (I do see that Colorado State has recommended Sedum acre, which I believe can be invasive in some parts of the country, but perhaps it's not invasive in your state? I accidently happened upon your blog and you saved my garden! Water the lawn with 1/2 to 1 inch of water where the blue star creeper is growing. Next I put out a bucket with two little holes to drip some water and put this in the dead blue star creeper area to see if it would help rejuvenate.Next morning, I found hundreds of these bugs under the water bucket. Hi Nancy,Thanks for your question. The mother plants crowns are not long lived, about 2-3 years. Thank you again! If you have to resort to weed killer to protect other plants, I won't judge you. Specifications. 3) You could try a broadleaf weed killer. Thank you for all your information! Alternative ground cover lawns are increasing in popularity and blue star creeper is the perfect grass substitute if you are looking to switch up the look of your lawn. Blue, star-like blooms. Planting in area that gets late afternoon sun. I don't know what would be the best time to do that in your zone, but midsummer (at least in the Southeast) is not generally a good time to try to reseed a lawn. I planted some in a border and it did venture into our lawn which is mowed once a week during the growing season so that keeps it down a bit. Looking for a low maintenance grass substitute? It requires less water than a traditional grass lawn, and since it only grows to be three inches tall you can get rid of the lawnmower, because mowing is not necessary! 2) I believe gardening should generally be a low-cost and low-input activity open to everyone. I think there are some others now like 'Royo'. I think I actually have more moss on my property in partial sun than in shade, although the moss does seem to go 'dormant' (not sure if that's the right term for moss) during hot and dry weather, it returns and expands during cooler and rainier seasons.Hope this helps!! I'm also looking at Corsican Mint and Rupture Wort. It has been left in a natural state...bare under the tree canopy. Maybe whatever plants I put in those areas will survive those times. I live in Alabama and need a ground cover for a full sun and moist area. For root ball division, gently scrape all soil from it, and either using sharp shears or the force of your hand, split the root ball. Apply 1 to 1.5 pounds (680 gr.) It looks so whimsical and divides easily. Small seedlings can be pulled up by hand after the ground is wet." Great in between stones. Couldn't deal with 10-feet of lateral growth in a year! Any ideas for this challenging space? Zone 8 could be Deep South or coastal Pacific Northwest?2) Do you have sun, shade or a mix on the hill?3) Do you prefer a woody or herbaceous groundcover? 04/09/2019 As usual plants arrived in excellent condition. Rather than trying to re-engineer your land, I'd encourage you to try to figure out which plants might thrive under the conditions you already have.Good luck! ... By Dennis Patton Special to The Star. It might do great in coastal South Carolina. GKH_Susan Certified GKH Gardening Expert. Negative: On Jun 19, 2011, Gudehus from Eugene, OR wrote: Grows well in Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin, Roseville and Sacramento. Or maybe use large paving stones to create a sort of patio and then garden in pots and other containers? Blue Star Creeper or Isotoma is a fast growing groundcover for sun to part shade that can tolerate heavy foot traffic. Happy to help!When you say 'plumbago' has been a problem, do you mean the hardy blue plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) or leadwort/skyflower (Plumbago auriculata)? My soil is great as I live in an older home where the yard has been enriched over a number of years, good dark loamy soil! http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2830/georgia-blue-speedwell/Generally speaking, I'd advise you to try to find a native plant that can handle the conditions you've described. Use this code [img]IMAGE-URL-HERE[/img], © Aaron Dalton 2012. So, I have had thyme here in both clay and loamy soil. Get Pricing and Availability. Well, I'd like to reciprocate by thanking you for warning me about hardy blue plumbago. It produces an inch-tall mat of tiny, oval leaves. Plant immediately. Hmm, maybe some groundcover between the pavers. I just rip it up along the border and replant (which means basically laying it on another patch where I want it). Thank you!! (I'm not sure if coral honeysuckle will flower much as a sprawling groundcover. If you are planting from blue star creeper seed, then put soil in the planter and moisten the soil. I'd like a groundcover for the borders of my yard, maybe something that can take light foot traffic. They do well in Virginia (zone 6B) in both full sun and half shade, and actually do fine in moist soil as long as it is well drained. Still green and spreading!I'm glad I read your article, as I was looking to get some blue star! Our winters can go down to -25. I believe our ecosystems are stressed enough as it is with development and that our first responsibility as gardeners (as with MDs) should be 'to do no harm'.All that said, every garden is different. I am so glad I found out in time that it is the devil! I was going to put weed fabric on most of the yard with decorative rocks on top. . Hi Kay,Thanks for your comment. At $100/cu yard for some of them, the rocks are not cheap. I have trouble with hardy blue plumbago, ceratostigma plumbaginoides. Hi Aaron,I have a similar question but I live in Washington D.C. (Zone 6b or 7 I believe). Great in between stones. You'd have to check the bottle, ask the manufacturer or spot-treat a small area. Need to add an image? Use as a ground cover or filler between pavers or stepping stones. Please don't hesitate to visit again and report back on your experiments! But thats a ton of water for my whole yard. I prefer a year round green or color. I wouldnt say it doesnt suppress weeds and label it invasive. Thanks so much. green-and-gold)'Good luck! You can dry them out in the hot sun for several days to dry them, but the best bet to get rid of star-of-Bethlehem completely is to dispose of them in a green materials waste bin. The berries of Virginia creeper, which are dark … A. I sprayed the blue star creeper with a product for killing clover. I'm happy my blog post could save you from repeating my mistake, Dawn! 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