Category Archives: Noxious Weeds

Red Maids

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“Its modest charms are best appreciated from a kneeling position, appropriate in the presence of the divine handiwork represented in these small jewels” LJ Clark, Wildflowers of British Columbia (1973) Red maids (Calandrinia menziesii) are delightful little flowers that indeed … Continue reading

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Halogeton

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A native of Asia (China, Russia), halogeton (Halogeton glomeratus) is now naturalized throughout the American West and is considered a noxious weed. I read a theory that postulated the Soviet Union dropped halogeton seeds from spy planes onto Western rangelands … Continue reading

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Chicory

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According to the literature, chicory (Cichorium intybus) flower heads are blue, rarely white. In June, Leonard and I discovered blue, white and distinctly pink chicory flower heads between the North and South Elkins Barns at Ash Creek Wildlife Area near … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is a perennial introduced to much of temperate North America from Eurasia and Northern Africa. This invasive weed is found in moist waste places, thickets, roadsides, open forests and clearings. A member of the Nightshade Family … Continue reading

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Common Plantain

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Herbalists, both modern and ancient, attribute many medicinal uses to common plantain (Plantago major). It seems as though almost every ailment can be treated with concoctions of this plant with a worldwide distribution. Common plantain contains, among other compounds, acubin … Continue reading

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