Decided to switch to purple today. Nothing unusual here, but we'll do a little game at the end. The picture above is a grass, known as big bluestem, or sometimes turkeyfoot, Andropogon gerardii. You can see why! There is a large and growing patch of it in a sandy area of my field.
Here's one I found growing in the field next door. The patch is growing rapidly. It's called Mistflower, Eupatorium coelestinum. Other Eupatorium you may know are Joe-Pye Weed, or Boneset.
This is Spotted Knapweed, Centaurea maculosa. It is also growing all through the fields here.
Finally, here's a luscious blackberry. These also grow in patches throughout my field. Most years there are only a very few berries, but every once in a while there are enough to harvest and freeze. There are actually over 300 species of berries in the Rubus genus.
Here's your assignment. Which one of these plants is a "bad" plant? Do you know why?
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