This week’s “I Spy…” is a tricky one, especially because it can be confused with several other species that can be found in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Drum roll please…
Common Bugloss is often confused with Blueweed, another invasive noxious plant. Bugloss flowers are often coiled in “fiddle-neck” clusters at the end of stalks and eventually turn blue-purple with white centres. Common Bugloss leaves are oblong and covered in stiff hairs.
This invasive plant grows along the Arn Canal in Pemberton and we encourage everyone to pull it out if they see it, bag it up to prevent seed dispersal, and dispose of it in a designated invasive species bin or in the general waste. Do not compost it!
Given that Common Bugloss is only found in limited locations in Squamish and Pemberton, it is a priority for eradication. This invasive plant reduces agricultural crops and forage yield production. If you do see Common Bugloss anywhere in the Sea to Sky corridor, please let SSISC know by reporting it here, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (604)-698-8334.