Burweed bashing continues at Cattle Point this Sunday

A split rail fence around a patch of carpet burweed didn’t do the trick.

The prickly low-growing invasive plant jumped beyond the barrier at Cattle Point last year, prompting Oak Bay parks staff to burn a section of it to contain its spread.

This Sunday (March 27), naturalist Margaret Lidkea leads a burweed patrol at Cattle Point. The public is invited to learn more about the invasive plant.

“They will learn how to differentiate it from other plants, then we’ll mark them and pluck them from the ground,” Lidkea said.

Originating in South America, burweed was discovered in Ruckle Park on Saltspring Island in 1997 and at Cattle Point four years ago. It is identified by its sharply pointed seed spines that can dig into human skin and animal paws. The name comes from the plant’s ability to creep through and cover compacted soils like a carpet.

Volunteers are asked to meet near the boat launch at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information call Lidkea at 250-595-8084.

vmoreau@oakbaynews.com

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up