Friday, September 5, 2014

Pampas Grass - friend or foe?

Photo by Barry Wallace

I took this photograph of wild Pampas Grass last year.   It was growing in a ditch on the 6th Concession, just north of the Churchill Sideroad.   Photographers love to take pictures of this tall impressive plant and many gardeners have planted them on their property.   But most varieties of Pampas Grass are invasive species.   I believe there is one that is native to Canada.   Slowly but surely Pampas Grass is taking over from native species and is a growing concern for protectors of native species.   However, the word is slow to get around. I noticed on the first 3 pages of Google, under the heading of Pampas Grass, there were 27 entries that were promoting the plant in a positive light and many of the sites were selling the plants to consumers.   On the same 3 pages there were only 4 entries that were warning about this plant's invasive nature.   It will be interesting to see if the apparent popularity of this showy, massive plant forestalls attempts to control its invasiveness.

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Barry Wallace

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