Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.

 

Making Something Bad Look Good

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Leafy Spurge"looking good" near Invermere is one of the largest out breaks in BC by Larry Halverson

The greenish-yellow flower may look pretty but it is one bad noxious weed. It degrades grazing capacity, and devastates wildlife habitat by reducing diversity. It is also poisonous to most livestock except sheep.

Pulling or digging Leafy Spurge up is ineffective as their roots can reach depths of 25 feet and it can extend 15 feet annually. Plus the seed capsules when ripe burst open and propel seeds up to 15 feet. This is one plant where you can say we’ve been invaded by green aliens.

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