Weeds of Wednesday: Marlberry “Mimic”

Marylou Rethman (Class of 2009) brought a cutting of what she hoped was native marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides) but suspected that it might not be. Sure enough, it was shoebutton ardisia (Ardisia elliptica), a plant so invasive that it is on…

Happy Moth Week! Crotalaria & Co-evolution

Lots of people love only some Lepidoptera.  It's the beautiful butterflies that get nearly all of the attention.  Moths, the other Lepidoptera, often get overlooked perhaps because most of them are creatures of the night and some of them are…

Weeds of Wednesday: A Tale of 2 Leaves

The nightshade family, Solanaceae, is quite diverse and includes many economically important plants -- that we love or hate -- such as tomatoes, eggplants, tobacco, bell peppers, chili peppers, potatoes, and petunias. Members of this plant family are found on…