Several days ago, I blogged about plants in my pasture that 'bite'. One, I simply could not identify.
It drove me crazy.
I looked for what seemed like hours online, trying to find out what it was.
I only did mental summersaults because the weed is everywhere.
In total, I probably have a half acre of the stuff.
I consider myself pretty adept at finding "hard to find" stuff on the internet.
This crazy, awful, mean plant eluded me until today.
In fact, it wasn't even me that found it.
Someone on GardenWeb, "Name That Plant" figured it out for me. Hooray, now I can move on. Check it off my list of things I wonder about.
Introducing, the wildly invasive Malta Star Thistle!
Aka, the Centauria Melitensis.
It is listed as a "Federal Noxious Weed", "Texas Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed", " Texas Parks and Wildlife Prohibited Species" and lastly, "USDA Invasive Plant".
In other words, it doesn't belong here and you sure as shootin' better not bring any in from another country.
Not that it would matter much. It's already here.
The only sure fire way to be rid of this plant without poisoning/killing every living thing around the plant, is to get some goats.
Not gonna happen.
No protection from coyotes.
No "Okay" from my HOA.