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[PHOTO] Re: Seedling pic and alien weed experiences

  • Subject: [PHOTO] Re: [iris-photos] Seedling pic and alien weed experiences
  • From: "Will Warner" wildbill@techie.com
  • Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 16:25:06 -0600

I randomly find this "weed" during the summer months, some years and not others.  When growing 
up, I was always intrigued by what I called a parasite, since it doesn't have roots.  I agree with 
Betty, pull it all out, and make sure you get all off it.  I've always heard that it was spread as birds.  
I assume they ingest it, thininking it's some kind of worm, and then it gets spread.  I'm not sure 
how true this is, but it makes since.  I have actually never had this get into my iris.  I usually find in 
the them field or in the veg. garden.  I wouldn't and don't use chemicals, just pull it out, and burn 
it, or throw it in the road.  
I just recently started hybridizing.  I'm attaching a pic of one of my first seedlings.  It resembles 
some older varieties, but has nice green veining on the falls. parentage is unknown, let me know 
what you think of the viening, and of other varieties that have it.  Thanks.Will

----- Original Message -----
From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@erols.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 14:30:17 -0500
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: alien weed - Cuscuta

> Oops -- yeah!  Now that we learn that it PENETRATES the host plant, NO,
> DON'T USE ROUNDUP!  --  Griff
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
> To: "iris photos" <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 12:42 PM
> Subject: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: alien weed - Cuscuta
> > Lots of species of dodder (Cuscuta) are native, some not.  It's related
> > to morning glory, but is parasitic.  Because part of the dodder is
> > <inside> the host plant, just removing the visible part of the dodder
> > <vine> won't get rid of it.
> >
> > I don't know what Roundup and other systemic plant poisons would do -
> > might be translocated from the dodder to the host plant and kill both.
> >
> > Only sure disposal method I know is burning - both dodder and host
> > plant.  Fragments will resprout.
> >
> > I don't remember ever having it in my garden, but see it occasionally
> > out in fields.  The species I've seen must not be too successful - never
> > much of it or in very large patches, & I don't remember seeing it in the
> > same places from year to year.
> >
> > Web surf turned up interesting tidbit that it was used in pre-Columbian
> > times as a dye in Mexico.
> >
> > --
> > Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
> > East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
> > American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
> > talk archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/>
> > photos archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/>
> > online R&I <http://www.irisregister.com>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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