Noxious weeds

I’ve got ’em!  And they make me nuts.  Not sure how to identify a noxious weed versus an Native species?  King county has a great website to help you identify noxious weeds and basic information on how to handle them.

What are noxious weeds? 

Noxious weeds are non-native plants that are highly destructive, competitive and difficult to control or eliminate. They have been introduced accidentally or as ornamentals in peoples’ gardens. Some are poisonous to humans and livestock and most grow rapidly and overwhelm desirable vegetation. They can reduce crop yields, destroy beneficial native habitat, damage recreational opportunities, clog waterways, and diminish land values.

How is a plant designated as a noxious weed?

The State Noxious Weed Board, a group of citizen volunteers representing all areas of the state, annually adopts and publishes a list of weeds to be controlled or eradicated based on public comment and input from county weed boards. The King County Weed Board customizes the state list and puts out a list of King County’s priority weeds that are required by law to be controlled by the property owner. The King County Noxious Weed Control Program, which can be reached at (206) 296-0290, has staff with scientific knowledge of weeds and can provide color photos and descriptions of noxious weeds to help citizens identify and eliminate noxious weed infestations.

 Photo via: King County Noxious Weed Website