Thursday, August 6, 2009

Notes From the Front Yard

photo from Editor B, Flickr

I wasn't fast enough to get my own photo but I saw one of these yesterday in a flower container in the yard. I thought it was an earthworm until I saw its head. I went inside and googled it and found out it is a hammerhead worm, a type of planerian. It doesn't eat plants but one variety does eat earthworms and is capable of decimating an earthworm population. The one I saw was about 4 inches long but they can grow up to 10 inches. Thought to originate in Malaysia they are now spreading around the world, probably in imported potted plants. If you see one don't kill it by chopping it up; every piece will turn into another worm. Here's more information on Dave's Garden; you can see in the forum that 2009 is the first year they are reported in Alabama.

And here's one of the few plants that is happy in my yard - an evergreen wisteria I planted last year. It's not really evergreen in this zone but it did come back. This wisteria is not invasive at all and easily contained.

3 comments:

countrypeapie said...

Ick! Good to know about that worm, though. I would hate to lose any earthworms.

You found non-invasive wisteria -- good for you! I love wisteria, but the extremely invasive kind is starting to swallow our yard -- we just can't keep up with it. (It was here when we got here -- lord knows I wouldn't have intentionally planted something so invasive!)

Patsy said...

My daughter told me they had those worms when they lived in Shelby County and she saw one eating an earthworm and it was the most disgusting thing ever. That seems a little strong but she said she had nightmares about them.

Rurality said...

That is one yucky worm! I had no idea they were here - haven't seen one before.

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