Massachusetts Proposes Ban/Phase-Out of 140+ Plants

J.E. Shields
Wed, 07 Sep 2005 06:40:45 PDT
Hi all,

I wish they would make it illegal to grow Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), 
Plantago major (common plantain), and Plantago lanceolata (buckhorn), 
too.  Then there is Crisium arvense (canada thistle), the bane of my 
existence.  If we are going to ban introduced plants, let's start with 
these pests.

I intend to keep my Narcissus, Lycoris, Hosta, Tulipa, Crocus, 
Hemerocallis, non-native Iris varieties, Cyclamen, and innumerable other 

Humans need their wheat and their animals need their soybeans.  Humans, 
wheat, and soybeans are all introduced alien species in North America.  So 
are domestic cattle, horses, pigs, and sheep.

North America will never be the same as it was before ca. 15,000 years ago, 
when humans were not yet permanent residents.

Jim Shields,
amid the weeds in central Indiana

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