No, no to Pom-poms

2016-02-17 06:00
The Pom-pom is now in flower.

The Pom-pom is now in flower.

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PRETTY pink Pom-poms, but looks are deceptive because these are classified as aliens and need to be eliminated. Unfortunately, because the flowers are so pretty they are picked, but each Pom-pom can drop 300 seeds per season - they are not called invaders for nothing.

The plants are tough and survive veld fires and in the winter they die off, but the roots remain in the ground ready to pop up and flower in spring. Pom-poms are a threat to water resources - they choke out other plants in wetlands and natural grasslands if not controlled.

There is an active programme in place to control these invaders. Mr Vusi Mkhize is responsible for the clearing teams which work from New Hanover towards Greytown and can be contacted on V.Mkhize@san bi.org.za or 076 224 6362. The Pom-pom is in flower now and anyone aware of any infestations is asked to contact Mr Mkhize.

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