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Taylor: Oxeye daisy can out-compete native vegetation

Re: Ron Slater’s “Daisy is not a weed,”

letter, Aug. 4

A weed is often seen as a plant that is not valued where it is growing and often overgrows and chokes out more desirable plants. Gail Shears was just attempting to warn people about a pretty plant, in this case an oxeye daisy, a perennial and a member of the sunflower family, that is native of Eurasia, and came to this country as an ornamental plant.

It especially loves our area and does extremely well in this environment. It has escaped gardens, properties and in our case moved into the National Forest, mountain meadows and wilderness. Why the concern? It can quickly take over large areas out-competing native vegetation rendering rangeland and mountain meadows no longer a viable food source for livestock as well as wildlife. In the long term it could and has been known to create a monoculture. Continuing education is a great tool and learning is an ongoing process.

John Taylor, Silverthorne

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