September 11, 2010

Deceptive Beauty

When we bought our house it came with two very ugly bushes in the backyard. We knew that eventually they would have to go but it was not a task that was on the top of the list. It has been a very rainy spring and the bushes started to turn from brown to green and the white bottle brush type flowers turned a pretty purple color.

I have lived in the desert my entire life. I have heard of Buffel Grass and knew it was bad (it kills the native plants and is very quick to burn) but never knew what it looked like.

I took this photo back in April. It is now September. It was not until I got this month's electric bill (that happened to include a photo of what to look for) that I found out that this bushy plant is the dreaded Buffel grass. I had seen this bushy plant everywhere and never knew what I was looking at. I think I will digging out this weed a lot sooner than I had planned.


  1. I don't know much about plants. So out of curiosity, what is so bad about that plant/weed?

    Cool blog! :D

  2. Thanks.

    To answer your question, Buffel grass kills the native plants and is very quick to burn. It sure is pretty when it turns purple though. :-)

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