They look pretty, don’t they? Especially this time of year when everything else is crunchy and brown. But don’t be fooled! It’s not Christmas holly. At Hilltop House, we call them “sh*t berries,” because when you see them taking over, you say … well, you know. Bad words. Lots of very bad words.
The bright red berries sparkle in the sunlight … a come hither to birds everywhere. They gobble them greedily, then poop them out across the midwest.
These things send out suckers like crazy, causing an invasion ….
Above booklet is available online at Missouri’s invasive plant management site.
So, we confirmed our suspicions that we are truly being invaded. Should be we worried that Missouri’s bushy villian is now firmly established in north central Oklahoma? And how many people out there naively think it’s just a “purty holly bush?”
Next time: Axes, shovels and lots of cussing are effective tools for invasives removal