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How to get rid of Rubella plants?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by greenchoppers, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. greenchoppers

    greenchoppers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162


    We have a customer that has a small, but very persistent patch of Rubella in her flowerbeds. She wants to get rid of the Rubella altogether. She has tried pulling the plant out and its roots but it comes right back.

    I thought of painting on glyphosphate and then pull after it dies. Any ideas?

    Picture attached.

  2. greenchoppers

    greenchoppers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    Bumpity bump bump.
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    Its actually called Ruellia and its pretty easy to pull. You just have to be sure you get it all. you could use a small paint brush and paint the leafs with glyphos if you think thats easier.
  4. haha, that's what i thought he was referring to. Az, you guys have that in AZ? I hate the stuff. Way overused here and invades everything.
  5. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 861

    Mexican Petunia can be a nice plant that gives pretty purple flowers that open especially in the morning. I use it in my own yard as part of a focal point but I keep it contained. Otherwise it will spread.

    So,it's either the wrong plant in the wrong place or the damn landscaper's fault! :hammerhead:

    Like bermuda in SA, ya gotta keeep after it, till it's gone. Spray, paint, bomb or burn, but it's not happening with just one treatment or anytime soon.
  6. greenchoppers

    greenchoppers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    Thanks for the replies. I will try glyphosphate and see how it goes.
  7. Rob

    IMO it's one of those plants that is not worth the flowers. Yea, they look ok, but they don't look awesome, when you trim they look barren, when you don't trim they look weedy, and they are another invasive to keep after. I feel the same way about Bougie's. The flowers are showier, but trimming is a PITA, and they always end up getting top heavy.
  8. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    Roundup...let dry...water....let die... wait two weeks roundup again...let dry...water again. Then remove

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