To kick off the start of a new season, we’ve got our I Spy in the Sea to Sky series back on! Did you guess our newest addition?
Rush Skeletonweed is a durable perennial from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Though commonly mistaken for hawksbeard, yellow mustard, and dandelions, this invasive species stands out with its toothed basal leaves, small yellow flowers, and tall, hairy stems.
Unable to infiltrate healthy, well-established ecosystems, Rush Skeletonweed is found in disturbed areas like rangelands and roadsides. With its slender taproot and long, lateral root system, this species is capable of reaching nutrients buried up to 2 meters deep in the soil. An especially troublesome weed for farmers, it can reduce crop yields, lowers land value, and clogs up machinery with its milky latex sap.
This pesky plant is categorized as “eradicate” under SSISC’s Species Priority List. That means there’s still a chance to be rid of it, once and for all! Think you’ve spotted Rush Skeletonweed? Report it here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org