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Aug 22, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks for writing, Sandy. Glad you liked the story.

I sometimes think that the gardening world overdoes it a bit when it comes to warnings about toxic plants or those that are invasive. I know that it's better to be safe than sorry, but I fear it keeps some gardeners from growing and enjoying beautiful, garden-worthy plants.

Toxic and invasive are relative terms. Of course we should avoid plant parts that cause serious illness or even death, but there are many plants, now branded toxic, that may not affect some persons at all or may simply cause mild stomach upset. "Invasive" is also relative. The degree of invasiveness often depends on growing conditions. A plant may be invasive in my garden, but not in yours. Yes, there are thugs like Kudzu, Garlic Mustard, or some types of Lythrum, but if a gardener is conscientious, the behavior of a potentially invasive plant will be watched closely.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now. Smiling
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