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What do you do with your weeds?

Sincere thanks to Liza Donnelly who graciously donated the use of her cartoon.

purple loosestrife and silver-spotted skipper

A silver-spotted skipper on Purple loosestrife
(Lythrum salicaria)
© Erik Kiviat

Pearly wood nymph larva on purple loosestrife
© Erik Kiviat

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
canada lily

Many people are concerned about “invasive plants.” These are weeds that spread abundantly into wild vegetation and displace more valued native species. Sometimes there are good conservation reasons to reduce the abundance of environmental weeds.

Abundant large weeds, such as water-chestnut, purple loosestrife, common reed, and Japanese knotweed, need to be managed in some places to reduce harm to native species of plants and animals, yet all are used by many native and nonnative organisms and have potential for medicine and bioenergy.

Herbicides and biological control present many risks. Mowing, livestock grazing, burning, temporary flooding, and other techniques are safer and effective in appropriate settings.

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