Monday, September 8, 2008

Evil-doer

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Don't be fooled by the lovely lilac color of this awful plant. I found this thistle while walking with George last week. It's a terribly invasive weed that is so difficult to control that it's been outlawed in Maryland. I was surprised to see it growing here. Pennsylvania has a no-propagation law, but I don't think you can be fined here for having it on your property. Back in 1882, a Garrett County, MD law was passed stating that no landowner, tenant or roads supervisor shall allow the growth of Canada thistle. They were serious, too, with a fine of $10.00 a day if not controlled. That was an exhorbitant fee for someone living in 1882!

8 comments:

Shimmy Mom said...

They do look pretty though. I'm just glad I don't have any growing in my yard. Great shot. It looks like the spiders don't mind the "evil" neighbor.

Adventure girl wanna be said...

I know the trouble these cause from my ranchin' days.

I just noticed a ton of these on my way back from shopping today!

B-a-u-t-ful pic!

BouBou's said...

So invasive it's been banned?

Strange that I hardly ever see Canada thistle - and I live in Canada. *L* Certainly not as many as other types of thistles.

A.

Mary said...

How interesting! We see them occasionally in NJ, but I don't think they are illegal! I can understand how they spread quickly, though -- the puffy seed heads explode into many tiny travellers...

It is beautiful, though, and your photo is marvelous! :)

Marchelle said...

Gorgeous lighting!

FYI -Canadian Thistle is illegal in the state of Indiana too!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

I mentioned you in my blog. Hope that is ok:)

Daryl said...

Nice perspective .. like the little web its got going ...

Hoping you are feeling better ...


:-Daryl

Jeannelle said...

That's a very striking thistle scene......ouch!