Eating Invasives

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Invasive plants can be found across PEI. Some occur in small patches, others are widespread. Some we have welcomed (e.g. lupins), others we detest (e.g. Japanese knotweed). While our opinions vary between species, I think we can all […]

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Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Oriental Bittersweet is a deciduous, woody vine.  It can be found growing in woodlands, forest edges, grasslands, roadsides, hedgerows – essentially anywhere except in wet areas.  This species’ generalist approach means that Oriental Bittersweet has an increased probability of finding suitable habitat to establish and invade.     IDENTIFICATION Here are some key features that […]

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Woodland Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)

Woodland Angelica will tolerate full sunlight or full shade, but prefers moist soils. It is often found growing in disturbed roadside habitats, forest edges and open moist areas. IDENTIFICATION Here are some key features that may help to positively identify Woodland Angelica: A robust plant, growing up to 2m tall Stem is bamboo-like, sparsely branched, […]

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Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Common Valerian grows in moist soils, along stream banks, in wet meadows, fens, and roadside ditches.  It can also grow in dryer conditions, and will tolerate some shade.   HISTORY Common Valerian was brought to North America as a garden and medicinal plant.  It is still cultivated for these purposes, but often manages to escape […]

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What’s eating your snowball bush? … or who?

Like many Islanders… you might have a snowball bush in your backyard. Have you noticed lots of holes in its leaves? You likely have an infestation of the viburnum leaf beetle (VLB)! This small beetle is native to Europe and Asia and was first found in North America in 1947… in Ontario! The VLB feeds […]

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