Monday, September 8, 2008
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!