Noxious Weed ID

What is a noxious weed?

A noxious weed is a non-native plant which has no agricultural or health benefits, and degrades native plant and wildlife habitat while posing a threat to producing lands or human health.

Who needs to control noxious weeds?​​

It is the landowner’s responsibility to control noxious weeds and noncompliance may be penalized under the Colorado Noxious Weed Act 35-5.5. The Archuleta County Weed and Pest Department controls noxious weed infestations on county property and may be contracted by private landowners. The department also provides herbicides and other pesticides as well as being a resource for alternative methods of control.

​See the presentation for the 2018 Weed Tour for a comprehensive guide of noxious weeds in Archuleta County http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2355/Weed-Tour-Presentation

​​​The links below describe some of the most common invaders in Archuleta County separated by flower color.​​​​

Noxious weeds with white flowers:
Oxeye Daisy http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2253
​White Top http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2260
​Field Bindweed http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2246
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​Noxious weeds with purple flowers:​​​
Russian Knapweed http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2254
​Spotted Knapweed http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2257
​Canada Thistle http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2248
​Bull Thistle http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2247
​Musk Thistle http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2252
​Scotch Thistle http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2256
​Houndstongue http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2249 ​​
​Dames Rocket http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2290​ ​​

Noxious weeds with yellow flowers:​​​​
Leafy Spurge http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2250
​Yellow Toadflax http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2259
​Common Mullein http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2251
​Black Henbane ​​​http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2292
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​Noxious grasses:
Cheatgrass http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2291
​Bulbous Bluegrass http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2295 ​​

Noxious trees:
Salt Cedar http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2258 ​​
​Russian Olive http://archuletacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2255​ ​​​​​
​For the entire Colorado Noxious Weed List visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxious-weed-species  

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