LETTER: Watch out for yellow hawkweed

Reader Kris Witt warns us about an invasive plant that's spreading in the Kootenays.

You may have noticed red ‘button’ blooms on four to six-inch stalks arising in various grassy areas. The base plant has fuzzy leaves which are flat to the ground. If you look, you will notice that there are no other plants close to these fuzzy leaves. This is because this particular invasive plant is able to destroy all other plants which it closely touches. Yellow hawkweed is also sneaking into our neighbourhoods.

No bugs or animals that support our eco-system benefit from this plant. In fact, this plant destroys friendly vegetation (plants). This plant spreads by root and by seed.

What can you do? Physical removal of the hawkweed is best. If you cannot remove all of the plant. Then cut off the flowers to prevent spread by seed.

Kris Witt

Granite Rd.

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