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Moth mullein introduced Geotagged,Moth mullein,Summer,United States,Verbascum blattaria Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. This invasive (but beautiful) flower is EVERYWHERE, isn't it? :o Is there anywhere it won't grow? :D Posted 2 months ago
    1. It must just be starting to make inroads here - this is the first time I've seen it in this area. We have a bigger problems out here with butterfly bush and scotch broom - they take over in any place they can. Nobody in their right mind plants broom - but you can still buy butterfly bush at most garden centers, so it's spreading quite quickly. Broom unfortunately likes our now quite rare native prairies and will take over completely if let go.... land managers have to use herbicide and fire to control it! Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
      1. It has taken over a couple of areas near me (mostly near disturbed habitats). I'm not sure if someone intentionally planted it or what. I just want to tear it all out! Haha!

        People drive me crazy planting non-natives. I am going insane trying to figure out what to do about Chinese privet and honeysuckle. >_<

        How effective is the herbicide on broom? I, of course, worry about the other native wildlife with that sort of treatment. Herbicide is recommended for killing back privet, but I'm hesitant to go down that road.
        Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
        1. I found the state's restoration plan - it looks like they spot treat the broom with Garlon - which doesn't kill grasses or conifers (which belong there), volunteers pull out what they can when it's small enough and they use controlled burns. Fire seems to be a major part of the equation. It would have occurred naturally and the native people who lived here intentionally used it too to keep forests from taking over the meadows where they would harvest camas bulb.
          https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/documents/presentations/SarahHamman_EfficiencyAndEffectivenessOfScotch.pdf
          Posted 2 months ago

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''Verbascum blattaria'', or moth mullein, is a flowering biennial weed belonging to the Scrophulariaceae family. An invasive species native to Eurasia and North Africa, it has naturalized in the United States and most of Canada since its introduction. It has been declared a noxious weed by the state of Colorado.

Similar species: Lamiales
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Uploaded Aug 8, 2018. Captured Aug 7, 2018 10:20 in 9040 Waddell Creek Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, USA.
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  • 55mm