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It's pretty and yes the insects love it but it can take over a bit can't it? The roots are big fleshy things and a job to get rid of. Millions of seedlings as well, so a bit of management required!
I actually like this plant and I too find the insects love it. I try to keep it in reasonable check by deadheading but it still spreads like wildfire.
I love it
Oooohhh that's the name of it!!!! I have a clump that has self seeded last year to my delight I have moved the babies all over!!!!! Love it
Just be careful where you let it seed. If you have any gravel and it gets in there (even if the gravel is on top of membrane) you will never be rid of it! It also stinks when rotting at the end of the season so best not grown close to entrances. It is quite nice for what is a rampant weed for me though .
I'm trying to get a clump of it established in my wildflower garden - it's so pretty
as well as being great for the wildlife.
The humming bird hawk moth loves this. My favourite insect.
I think there are nicer things to grow for insects etc. I find it invasive, just look how many you see growing in nooks and cranies on streets. When we moved here 14yrs ago it was everywhere. As Bob says the roots do smell. Before I knew what it was we called it "stinky root plant".
Dug mine out last year as it was becoming too much of a bully, but I'm sure some will still make an appearance this year.
I love mine, it seeds itself by the terrace walls, in cracks, but it never appears in the flower beds. I planted the original one in a border but it decided the earth is too rich after all the manure and compost I'd added!