Butterfly Bush

It’s official – Washington bans sale of six new plants including yellow archangel, butterfly bush and lesser celandine

Effective July 24, the list of prohibited plants in Washington just grew by six. The species added include several popular ornamental plants that are now prohibited from sale: butterfly bush (non-sterile varieties), yellow archangel, lesser celandine and all hybrid non-native hawkweeds, including a type of orange hawkweed that was until very recently still being sold in…

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Don’t Release Classroom Animals and Plants into the Wild

Source: Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office Press Release, June 14, 2016, http://rco.wa.gov/doc_pages/press/2016/156.shtml. Contact: Susan Zemek, susan.zemek@rco.wa.gov, 360-902-3081, TTY 360-902-1996. OLYMPIA – As the school year comes to a close, the Washington State Invasive Species Council is asking teachers and parents not to release classroom pets, insects, fish or aquarium plants into the wild. “Most of the classroom animals released…

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Goat Hill Giving Garden volunteers learn about and remove poison hemlock threatening the garden

Poison-hemlock met its match last month in the volunteers of the Goat Hill Giving Garden in downtown Seattle. On May 5, volunteers met with noxious weed specialist Mary Fee to learn how to identify and remove poison-hemlock plants that had popped up near the garden. Noxious weed garbage bags were soon filled with poison-hemlock, protecting…