Thursday, August 7, 2008

Invasion?...

In the past decade here in the Adirondacks several plant and aquatic species have been labeled "invasive species." Efforts have been made to eradicate or at least control, if possible, the spread of these species that in their own growth choke out our native plants.

I'll only show one of them here,.... purple loosestrife. It spreads along roadsides, and into fields. It eventually chokes out the cattails.
Here you can see a few loosestrife plants just beginning to invade a growth of cattails.


A pretty plant, with its tall spikes of brilliant rosy-purple blooms, some people have innocently transplanted it into their home's flower gardens. Over time those people may regret introducing it into their property.

If you wish to learn more about purple loosestrife and other "invaders" you may visit this site:

5 comments:

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It is pretty though and it is everywhere!! Nice photos and good information. Thanks.

City Mouse said...

That blasted stuff pops up all over my big deck garden even here in the city! It's everywhere! I used to leave it (it's pretty), but now I yank most of it out. I had a lavender plant once and thought maybe it had spread. No dice.

Cedar ... said...

CM: That's amazing that it's also in the city,.. apparently the seeds go airborne and can really blow around in the wind. Keep pullng!

Cedar ... said...

Michele,
So it's in B.C., too?

montucky said...

Interesting that it will choke out cattails. Haven't seen that in this area. There was an interesting story by AP today about the benefit of cattails in California: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080808/ap_on_bi_ge/farm_scene_cattail_farming