It’s back — lean, mean and prickly — and the Town of Osoyoos wants your help ridding the region of it.
Landowners are being encouraged to learn how to identify puncturevine — and then understand how to control it.
The noxious weed found in the Okanagan-Similkameen region is an annual plant with sharp spines that can easily penetrate leather, skin, and puncture rubber tires.
“It is important for landowners to be able to recognize puncturevine at an early stage of growth, as this is when it can most easily be controlled, as opposed to when it is large and seedpods have matured,” explains the Town in a release.
“Landowners can help by not providing an opportunity for weeds to grow, as well as by patrolling their properties in the summer and controlling any puncturevine they discover.
Long-term residents to the region will be familiar with the noxious weed. But others might be wondering what they’re looking for.
The puncturevine plant branches from its base and spreads along the ground to form dense mats. Its leaves are hairy and grow in pairs on opposite sides of the stem. The leaf is divided into four to eight pairs of oval leaflets.
The yellow flowers originate in the leaf axils. The fruit contains five sections that form tough, sharp and sometimes curving spines. Flowering and seed production typically occurs from mid-June to October.
If you find puncturevine on your property or boulevard, click this link Puncturevine and Longspine Sandbur for information on managing it.
Puncturevine should be carefully pulled and double bagged, then taken to the local landfill. Tipping fees are waived for invasive plant disposal at the Osoyoos & District Sanitary Landfill. Simply inform the scale clerk upon entering the landfill.