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Parker County Master Gardeners

April 26, 2014

ASK A MASTER GARDENER: New insect identified

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On property with heavy infestations, the trick is often to learn the value of these plants. On larger properties, it is likely that you will never completely eradicate it because of the birds scattering the seeds. While I don’t want it in my immediate outdoor living space, I have chosen to let it thrive in the outer areas. Bees and butterflies enjoy the blooms, birds thrive on the seeds, and many other wild animals enjoy both the fruit and the moisture-rich pads of the plant.

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