Invasive Weeds in Pender County

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Pender County is known for being a hotspot for invasive weeds. They are a problem for native plants and animals. They grow uncontrolled and take the place of native plants, therefore reducing the diversity of foods available to wildlife. I recently went to a statewide training in which the speaker mentioned species of invasive weeds in Pender County over and over. I realized then that we have a lot of work to do to identify and eradicate them. Today, I went to a home that had wooly frogsmouth weed in the pond and embankment. The plant looks similar to an iris and has a pretty yellow flower. The seeds are very small and spread quickly. Pender County was the first to report it in the United States. It has since been found in South Carolina and Florida. I would like all Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers to be on the lookout for wooly frogsmouth, as well as, the following weeds because you are the eyes in the community. If you suspect that you have found any of the invasive weeds below, please call Bridget Lassiter with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) right away! Her number is 919-280-0841. NCDA&CS takes invasive weed species very seriously and will come to spray some of them on their list. Last week, someone called our office that had witchweed, and NCDA&CS sent an inspector out that day to identify and control it. It is never a good idea to dig something up that you don’t know what it is and plant it somewhere else. This is one way that invasive species spread quickly. If you need help identifying weeds, I would be glad to help you. Please call our office at 910-259-1235 or email for assistance.

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