Monday, May 24, 2010
The World's Biggest Weed
Cortaderia Selloana, aka Pampas Grass. From the Sunset website:
"This well-known landscaping form ofCortaderia—like its truly weedy and noxious cousin C. jubata—may send its seeds into the wind under certain circumstances to germinate and grow wherever they land. For that reason, nurseries in some areas no longer sell Cortaderia at all. Many horticulturists recommend against further landscaping with C. selloana and suggest removing it from gardens that border wild lands. Be sure to grub out volunteer Cortaderia seedlings whenever they appear."
We will be removing this. Gladly. What they fail to mention is that it will also become home to every piece of vermin in existence. My lovely wife called me at work the other day to inform me that the noxious bush must go, as it currently has the permanent lovely aroma of urine. I'm honestly frightened to tackle it. It currently stands about nine feet high and just as wide. Every year is spent removing the volunteers, which normally needs to be done with a shovel as they grab hold quickly.
The City has even sent flyers to the citizens specifically asking them to no longer plant this. I don't blame them in the slightest.
Addendum, May 25: We tackled this over the weekend and a little advice, long sleeve shirt and tape or tuck your trousers to your boots. I'm not sure how, but the full length of a few grass blades made it the full length of my trousers. Let me tell you, the blades contain cerrations, or teeth, or whatever you want to call them. Horrible pulling those things out.