Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of July 24)
Posted July 24, 2023 by M.S. Coyne
What do these seven plants in African Cemetery No. 2 have in common?
They are all considered invasive species – and we have planted some of them in our garden spaces.
A. Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
B. Climbing Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei)
C. Creeping Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei)
D. English Ivy (Hedera helix) (AKA Common Ivy)
E. Houtinia (Houttuynia cordata) (AKA fish mint, fish leaf, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, heart leaf, fish wort, or Chinese lizard tail)
F. Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
G. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) is a member of the primrose family imported from China as a summer-flowering perennial. It is considered to be invasive by some because of its aggressive
spreading root system.
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a native plant that serves as a food source for birds meaning its seeds are carried everywhere, particular to the fringes of the cemetery. It has a persistent seedbank as
this picture from the newly cleared debris pile illustrates.
Remember, if you or your group would like to contribute a few hours of service maintaining African Cemetery No. 2 in 2023 (perhaps weeding), please contact Mark Coyne at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan a visit.