Monday, June 19, 2006

Bloomin' Onionweed

The North County Times is reporting on the latest plant to enter the invasive species spotlight in California is onionweed (Asphodelus fistulosus). The species colonizes roadsides and irrigation channels, but as of yet, researchers aren't sure what the major vectors are that contribute to its spread once it has been naturalized. For now, California's plan is to do outreach, so that the public learns to recognize onionweed and to stop using it as an ornamental plant.

Bonus points to the NC Times for using onionweed's scientific name.

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