Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bye, bye, unwanted plants

Common chickweed (Stellaria media)
Beautiful afternoon today. So I gave up trying to work at my desk and headed for the back yard. Oh, my goodness. So much to do! Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I grabbed my fork and focused on one area at a time. I pulled chickweed, henbit, and field madder, all introduced species. Blah.  

Shepherd's-purse is an introduced species as well. But we're letting them be weedy right now so pollinators can benefit from the flowers. Among the visiting insects were Mexican honey wasps, checkered skippers, and little flies. Cool!

I also pulled some hairyfruit chervil, which I learned is a native. The plants, though, remind me of knotted hedge parsley and begger's lice, two introduced species that I absolutely DESPISE. Maybe I need to read up some on the chervil before I pull any more. And oh, I saw my first tenpetal anemone blooms! 
Henbit deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule)...introduced
Shepherd's-purse (Capsella pursa-pastoris)...introduced
Margined calligrapher (syrphid fly) on shepherd's-purse
Hairyfruit chervil (Chaerophyllum tainturieri)...native
I don't believe this is begger's lice (Torilis arvensis).
Field madder (Sherardia arvensis)...introduced
Common chickweed...introduced
Tenpetal anemone (Anemone berlandieri)...native
Redseed plantain (Plantago rhodosperma)...native

Hoary bowlesia (Bowlesia incana)...native


sandy lawrence said...

These unwanted volunteer plant IDs are really helpful. Thank you.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Hi, Sandy! I got the ID of the mystery plant, thanks to Ron C., and added a photo of hoary bowlesia.

Shirley said...

At first I thought you pulled the anemone! Then I read the text again. Some of these I did not know the proper ID, they still get pulled. Your post will be helpful as I head into the garden once the cedar pollen is out of here.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Shirley, I did kinda just throw all the photos in, didn't I??? :-)

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