Invasive Plants

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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby panamint_patty » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:16 am

surfsteve: I think what he meant was that sometimes salt cedars start growing around springs up in the canyons in the area and that when that happens they displace native plants. The same is true of mesquites and a few other garden plants. Birds can carry their seeds out into wilderness areas and the plants can take over and crowd out natives. As for in town, I completely agree with you. People should do something to beautify the town and I salute those who keep plants growing in their yards.
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby wildrose » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:48 am

surfsteve: Have YOU looked around? Once you get up into the canyons there are a lot of plants. Just look on the DVPLANTS.COM website and you'll see that there are hundreds of different plants growing in this valley. Maybe only a couple dozen on the valley floor, but as soon as you get up into the canyons there are lots of interesting plants to see.
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby deathvalleyjake » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:09 am

wildrose: That's assuming that donkeys haven't munched them all down. I've seen springs in this area denuded of vegetation thanks to ravenous donkeys. That's why it's important to keep the donkey population in check. The same goes for wild horses.
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby panamint_patty » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:44 am

deathvalleyjake: That's right. It's fun to see donkeys wandering around, but they do a lot of damage. The novelty of donkeys wears off real fast once you realize what they do to native vegetation!
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby twister » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:12 am

Bloom Of Non-Native Plants Could Become Dangerous During Fire Season
The word BLOOM in the title doesn't seem quite right, but other than that this is a great video.
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby panamint_patty » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:37 am

twister: You're right. Probably SPREAD instead of BLOOM would have been more appropriate. Either way the main points made in the video are still valid, but a more accurate title would have been an improvement.
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby ergot » Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:04 pm

Attack of the tumbleweeds in Washington
This Russian invasion happened in 1873!
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby wildrose » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:03 am

Do you have invasive plants in your yard?
In most places these plants get out of control, but in the desert they need help just to survive!
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby rainbow » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:28 pm

Beware of Plant! Myrtle Spurge
It's an attractive plant, but it can be dangerous. It's also called donkey tail and it can be invasive, so much so that it is illegal to grow it in some states.
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Re: Invasive Plants

Postby rainbow » Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:11 pm

Toxic plants to avoid in the Boise Foothills
More information about myrtle spurge.
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