Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Rare Plants in Thurston County
Washington Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program Thurston County Rare Plants
Everyone enjoyed last weeks sunny weather outdoors. Mowing, raking, planting and weeding our backyards and gardens we should keep in mind the differences between weeds and rare plants. Sometimes it pays to look twice before you pull up what you think is a weed. I have found that there are a few plants in my yard that were listed as rare plants according to the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program. One plant was so small, you would barely notice it, except most of us consider moss as a problem in our yards.
Moss is something we must put up with here in the Pacific Northwest, but bogg club moss is listed as a rare plant. It is really small and if you are not looking for it --- you will miss it! Its formal name, Lycopodiella inundata.
Here is my list of noxious weeds in Thurston County. It is from 2009-2010 and may need to be updated. It's my cheat sheet to weed identification.
Noxious Weeds in Thurston County (Link )