The events will give people a chance to learn about wildflowers found at the site such as ladies bedstraw, musk thistle
, mouse-ear hawkweed and wild thyme.
In this part of Kansas, the musk thistle
(Carduus nutans) is an especially problematic (legally noxious) weed that has made considerable headway over the past few years, especially in overgrazed pastures and disturbed meadows.
Roy Reichenbach, weed and pest program coordinator at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, reported that biocontrols helped the State manage two invasive plants, the musk thistle
and leafy spurge.
SFX: (Low of cattle/disgruntled) Maitre d': (Pretentious/male/slightly hushed/concerned) They claim to have found musk thistle
in their pasture pate.
Modeled after a field study in Switzerland, the Virginia trial helped determine the fungus' outdoor safety and effectiveness against exotic musk thistle
in the field.
"If you've ever seen a stand of musk thistle
, you have no biodiversity there."
Thistle head weevil (Rhinocyllus concius) was introduced before the agreement and effectively controls musk thistle
. The MDA is currently researching ways to further reduce musk thistle
Also at Freshwater West the Musk Thistle
Carduus nutans, found at only two sites in Pembrokeshire, was discovered.
The countryside team is recreating a wildflower meadow on the former quarry site, on shallow soils and bare rock, with plants such as musk thistle
and wild thyme.
Two weed-eating Italian insects may be reunited in the United States this spring to help throttle musk thistle
, one of our most nettlesome exotic weeds.