The M.D. was recently alerted to a single plant of Jimsonweed growing on top of some culverts in an
M.D. road ditch. We took care of the plant, it was double bagged and will be buried deep in the landfill because incinerating it could release health damaging toxins.
This is an excellent reminder that everyone should be on the lookout for new invasive weeds and pests. Jimsonweed was likely introduced to Alberta as an impurity in Canola seed grown in South America.
Because the seed can remain dormant for years it may have been here for several years already, and we could have new plants pop up when conditions allow.
If you see a plant you don’t recognize, especially growing “where it has no reason to be”, contact the Ag
In this case the farmer had already researched it and knew it was Jimsonweed, and knew it was toxic and should be dealt with carefully. If you don’t know, take a few pictures and send them in by text or e- mail.
We have enough to deal with, with don’t need a new weed getting established and becoming a widespread issue.
Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) is important, destroying a new invasive species before it gets established can save hundreds, thousands even millions of dollars. Alberta Invasive Species has excellent fact sheets on many invasive species.