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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dog fennel, garden, Roscoe

This is a plant that I transplanted from a roadside. It is an incredibly vigorous grower and can be found on roadsides and abandoned fields. It is probably the most common large weed in our area. And I love it. It is a native plant so I don't feel bad for nurturing this one. It got it's name because people used it to rub on their dogs to keep fleas and ticks away. It looks like an upright fern or fennel from the Spring to the Fall. Then it develops these tiny flowers and looks wonderful for three weeks, sets seed, disperses seed, and dies back to the ground. The seeds propagate easily but the young plants were easy to pull and discard. This plant is ten years old and stronger than ever.

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