Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Catsears Are Back

      After first spotting them in 2021, I didn't see many last year, but this year the catsears are back at the North Campus.  It's a weed, related to the dandelion but with less-golden yellow flowers, multiple blossoms per stem, and rounded, furry leaves.  Horses shouldn't eat them, but they don't seem to be harmful otherwise, just an unexpected kind of thing that pops up where you'd expect to find a dandelion.

      The variety of flowering wild plants at the North Campus is pretty amazing.  It's mostly an open field, mowed occasionally and allowed to grow whatever it will grow for longer than I've been alive, so it's a pretty good cross-section of native and invasive prairie plants.

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