Okanagan residents encouraged to battle invasive plants
With plenty of sunshine and rain the past few weeks, it’s been a banner growing season in the Central Okanagan for invasive weeds.
With that in mind, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan sent out a reminder on Wednesday on how to keep invasive weeds in check.
The regional district says its noxious weed program “encourages every property owner to be a good steward of the land and help reduce the threat posed by these invading species that choke out our native plants.”
As an example, did you know that the Canada thistle is considered an invasive species in the Okanagan?
According to the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, the lavender-headed thistle is native to southern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. The thistle is said to infest crops of all kinds throughout B.C., which reduces forage yields.
Other invasive weeds seen in the Okanagan include purple loosestrife, diffuse and spotted knapweed, Russian knapweed, Puncturevine and the Scotch thistle.
Specifically, the regional district said some of the season’s biggest threats are the Western Goat’s Beard, which looks like a tall dandelion with a much larger, round seed ball, and Wild Mustard, which has small, bright yellow flowers.
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The regional district also said that “residents can easily arm themselves with information to help keep invasive weeds in check,” adding “a little information and knowledge can go a long way in identifying species that, if left unchecked in our yards and properties, can prevent native plants from growing.”
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