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What’s That Weed?

Invasive:  Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) Characteristics:  Scotch broom is a perennial member of the pea family (Fabaceae).  It is a deciduous shrub, 1-3 m (3 to 10 ft) tall, though its many slender, erect, angled branches remain dark green year-round. Its small (5-15 mm) leaves have three leaflets. Abundant small, yellow, pea-shaped flowers appear from […]

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What’s That Weed?

Weed of the Month:  Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) Characteristics: Herb-Robert—also called Robert’s geranium, or, colloquially, “stinky Bob”—is both a winter and spring annual with light-green, deeply dissected leaves. In late fall the foliage turns red. The stems fork and are brittle at the joints. They are pubescent (hairy), reddish (especially under high light conditions) are can […]

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Throwing (Future) Shade at High Stream Temperatures

The fall cohort of interns at Wisdom of the Elders came out in force to help jump-start revegetation efforts at Mitchell Creek, the site of a major pond removal project this summer. Though the stream is no longer burdened with a giant, heat-absorbing backwater, it still lacks canopy, and temperatures recorded this summer indicate we […]

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What’s That Weed?

Weed of the Month:  Clematis (Clematis vitalba) Characteristics Clematis —also called traveler’s joy or old man’s beard—is a deciduous climbing vine, with stringy bark that easily rubs off on older stems.  Leaves are compound, made up of 5 leaflets (young plants may have only 3 leaflets), and fall off by early January.  Clematis blooms from […]

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