This plant has me stumped...

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  1. davidgrayson

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    Growing in Victoria BC now.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks
     

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  2. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Looks like Daphne laureola. It's considered to be invasive.
     
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  3. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    That is the infamous and invasive Spurge Laurel, Daphne laureola. It seemingly has everything going for it - attractive, evergreen leaves, resistance to pests, drought tolerant, bird friendly . . . . . . . . however it self seeds prodigiously (partly because of birds) and displaces native plants that are more desirable in the environment. It has been compared to Scotch Broom as a threat to local ecosystems; in any case, it is difficult to eradicate once its tenacious tap roots get more than a few inches long. On top of everything else, it is quite toxic and contact to its sap causes skin irritation with some people.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Like other daphnes virus susceptible so a colony can sometimes sicken and die out instead of growing ever larger
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    In the case of D. laureola, we can only hope.
     

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