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Fountaingrass, A Serious Invasive Species In The Sabino Canyon Recreational Area   1 comment

7 Falls Oct 2013-8239 blogFountaingrass in Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

FOUNTAINGRASS

Plants

killing plants,

fountaingrass.

— kenne

National Public Lands Day Is September 24th   Leave a comment

invasive-plants-1-of-1-pampas-grass-blogPampas Grass In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

For many, pampas grass is an ornamental landscape plant, for others it’s an environmentally dangerous plant that crowds out indigenous desert plants and can become kneeling for wildfires. Sabino Canyon has a lot of pampas grass, fountain grass, buffel grass and other invasive plants. The battle to remove these invasive plants continues on National Public Lands Day as Sabino Stewards (Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists) and community members will be digging, pulling, and bagging invasive plants near the Sabino Creek area. This activity is one of several activities that will be taking place in the Coronado National Forest September 24th on Public Lands Day. All fees are waived for the day.

— kenne

Once an invasive species arrives, it’s about impossible yo get rid of it.

— Sean Hanna

Fountaingrass, A Curse Or Blessing   7 comments

Colorful Fountain Grass blogColorful Fountaingrass (HD) — Image by kenne

For some it’s a curse
Competes with native species
Provides fuel to fire.

An exotic grass
A popular landscape choice
Attractive image.

As a naturalist
It’s just an exotic pest
That must be destroyed.

— kenne

Fountaingrass, A Serious Invasive Species In The Sonoran Desert   3 comments

7 Falls Oct 2013-8239 blogFountaingrass in Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

FOUNTAINGRASS

Plants

killing plants,

fountaingrass.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Fountaingrass Along The Wash   1 comment

Fountaingrass Near The Tanque Verde Wash In Tucson — Images by kenne

An attractive plant that was introduced to southern Arizona in the middle of the last century. Fountaingrass is native to North Africa and the Middle East. An invasive plant, it has been widely cultivated as an ornamental.

kenne

Fountain Grass

Invasive beauty

Generating love and hate

Not a remedy.

kenne

Beauty And The Environment   Leave a comment

Fountaingrass and Buffelgrass In The Dry Creekbed of Sabino Creek — Image by kenne

If you Google “Fountaingrass,” you will find a lot of information on these attractive ornamental plants, such as where to buy, care, etc. However, these beautiful grasses are a threat to our environment. The spread of these invasive species create serious environmental problems. The web-site, INVADERS (Invaders of the Sonoran Desert Region a Product of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) states: 

“Fountaingrass (and bufflegrass) is a large grass that produces lots of seeds that spreads rapidly from cultivation into nearby disturbed areas, and eventually into natural habitats. It often forms dense stands and aggressively competes with native species, especially perennial grasses and seasonal annuals, for space, water, and nutrients, and is most common in riparian habitats within paloverde-saguaro desertscrub in the Arizona Upland Sonoran Desert.”

Alberto Búrquez MontÍjo has stated, “We know … that the replacement of Sonoran Desert plants by buffelgrass means a large loss of species, so large that 90 of every 100 species disappear in dense buffelgrass stands. …”

These invasive grasses from Africa and the Middle East have created severe fire hazards to the Sonoran Desert, especially for saguaros and other cacti who have a low tolerance for fire. “Once these plants have been killed by fire, it takes many years for new ones to mature. The grasses, on the other hand, are fire-adapted and come back robustly with the next rain.”

In the desert, it is important to grow native — don’t plant a pest! Let nature create its own beautiful environment. Often, man’s good intentions have a way of backfiring. 

kenne

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