I think I’ll stay on the invasive species track. And in honor of finals week, here’s a wee quiz for you.
1) What do we have here?*
hint – it’s a naughty plant
2) Why can’t federal/state designations be somewhat uniform?**
“[This plant] is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state…" – USDA Plants Database
Connecticut: Invasive, banned
Montana: Category 3 noxious weed
New Hampshire: Prohibited invasive Species
Oregon: "B" designated weed; Quarantine
Washington: Class C noxious weed
*scroll down for answers…
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* Iris pseudacorus. Yellow flag iris. Loves wetlands. Spreads like crazy via rhizomes and seeds. Possible inspiration for the fleur-de-lis.
** I don’t know. It’s very confusing. "Banned" seems more alarming than "prohibited", I suppose. Is "B designated" less a concern than "Class C"? Feel free to weigh in.