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BLM Urges Public To Help Eradicate Invasive “Stinkwort”

The Federal Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to help them eradicate an invasive weed, and there’s a lot not to like about it. Botanists know it as Dittrichia Graveolens, but its common name is Stinkwort. It’s a shrubby-looking plant that grows up to three feet high and has small yellow flowers. It has an oily texture and an unpleasant tar-like smell. It harms livestock, displaces wildlife by crowding out native plants and causes an itchy rash to people. It’s native to Europe and it’s been spreading around the world as its seeds are carried on wind, water, fur, clothing, vehicles, and other means. It’s believed to have arrived in Northern California in 2005 and has been rapidly spreading on roadsides, pastures, fields, burn scars, gravel yards, and wherever there’s water. It also thrives in the heat. When seen it should be pulled, cut, mowed or otherwise eliminated before it goes to seed and spreads. The BLM would like to be told if its found on their lands by calling 224-2176.