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Old 08-31-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Identifying invasive species can be tricky

Identifying invasive species can be tricky
by Mike Smedley
Article Last Updated; Monday, August 10, 2009

Durango Herald News, Identifying invasive species can be tricky
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Driving past Chapman Hill, I noticed at the bottom of the slope a wide swath of plants with pinkish-purple flowers. It looks like a bunch of thistle! What's wrong with the city? Can't it manage to spray thistles on its own property? Do we have to call La Plata County weed control? - Thistle Hater

Set down the herbicides and take a deep breath.

From Florida Road, the pinkish-purple blooms do look similar in color to invasive knapweed and its noxious kin.
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"I know it's not thistle, but I'm not an expert," Metz said. "So let me call up Leigh Gillette, who is an expert in this kind of thing."
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Metz reported back that the plant in question is Rocky Mountain beeplant. For you horticulturalists out there, its official Latin name is Clemoe serrulata.

"Beeplant is a native wildflower, and the bees seem to love it," Metz said, an attribute confirmed by a recent reconnoiter of the hillside.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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I guess they meant Cleome serrulata

PLANTS Profile for Cleome serrulata (Rocky Mountain beeplant) | USDA PLANTS

But finding "Clemoe" has a ring to it, too.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:30 AM   #3
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Thank you swamp thing. We can't correct misspellings in a quote.
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