Crepe Myrtle Root System: Are Crepe Myrtle Roots Invasive

by johnah on November 21, 2020

Creamy Creeping Moss (Creepers) are one of the most common plants found growing around our homes. They have been used for centuries in many cultures throughout the world. Creepers are native to North America, but they were introduced into Europe and Asia via trade routes. Creeps are easy to grow and require little care, making them popular choices for home gardeners.

How To Remove Creeping Mistletoe From Your Home?

1. First, you need to remove any other creeping mums or mosses that may be growing nearby.

If there are no others around your property, then you will need to dig out some ground where you want to plant the crepe myrtle. You can use a shovel, trowel or even just your hands if necessary.

2. Next, cut away at the top of the creeping mums with a knife until it falls off completely.

Be careful not to break it!

3. Once the top of the creeping mums fall off, you will see a large mound of dirt.

This is what you want to plant your crepe myrtle roots in. Place it so that the bottom of the mound touches soil, but doesn’t touch anything else.

Make sure it’s level and straight too!

4. Now you’re ready to plant your crepe myrtle roots in the mound of dirt!

Make sure to water it a lot and keep it well-watered.

Is Creeping Myrtle Poisonous?

Creeping myrtle is extremely poisonous. Eating this plant, drinking anything cooked with it or even smoking its leaves can cause liver failure, coma and death. The toxin affects the liver by destroying liver cells in the same way that eating arsenic does. If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to creeping myrtle, take it to the vet immediately.

Risks and side effects of Creeping myrtle:

When ingested, the leaves, bark, seeds and flowers of the Creeping myrtle plant can cause temporary paralysis of the respiratory system. This usually occurs within 1-2 hours after eating the plant, but in some cases can take up to 24 hours.

The toxin in Creeping myrtle blocks the body’s ability to use sugar, specifically glucose. This can lead to weakness, drowsiness, confusion and even coma.

Death can occur within a few hours of ingesting the plant.

There is also the risk of liver damage. This will cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin), itchy rashes, nausea and ultimately death if the toxin is not treated.

Sources & references used in this article:

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