Noxious Weed Alert

by Elena Smith, Assistant Coordinator of Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Program

European Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) was spotted this February in the Shine area, for the first documented time in Jefferson County. This is a noxious weed that originates from—you guessed it—Europe, but is quick to invade our beautifully temperate state just as easily. It creeps along forest understories, spreading via its dense root system, and doesn’t mind an overly wet, dry, or disturbed environ- ment. It crowds out native vegetation and is very difficult to remove completely once it gets established.

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