Star Thistle

rick valley bamboogrove at
Mon Aug 7 17:18:13 EDT 2000

>i wonder if anyone knows if this is possible:  could
>the plant possibly have enough energy to complete the
>seed after being pulled by the roots?
Absolutely. And we now have a global breeding program selecting for plants
that can mature seed rapidly after being hit with herbicide!
Star thistle is a Centaurea- batchelor button/knapweed thing- a composite,
like true thistle.
I have a working thesis that all really tough weeds have great value in
properly done compost; the trick is how to do it and not propagate them.

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