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Noxious Weed of the Month: common tansy

Photo courtesy Ethan Proud
While attractive, common tansy is toxic to humans. It can be recognized by its button-like flowers.

By Ethan Proud
PREVIEW Columnist

Common tansy is an attractive invader that escaped ornamentation. It is toxic to humans and can cause convulsions, miscarriage and skin irritation. Its low palatability means that livestock rarely ingest it, making poisonings infrequent but not impossible. Thick stands of tansy will disrupt forage by grazing livestock and wildlife.

This plant can grow up to 5 feet tall and has leaves that are deeply divided into narrow fernlike toothed sections. Recognizing common tansy is easy due to its button-like flowers. Ornamental golden yarrow in Archuleta County can be confused with common tansy. Common tansy has been reported in Archuleta County in small populations and it is a priority species. Please report any sightings of this plant to the Weed and Pest Department at (970) 264-6773.

Archuleta County Weed and Pest is your local resource for managing noxious weed populations and controlling other pests.

Archuleta County
Fair set for Aug. 5-8

Have you ever wanted to enter the Archuleta County Fair? Maybe you are a bread maker or you preserve food. Maybe you grow vegetables, crops or flowers. Would you like to show off your goods? It’s easy. Go to https://www.archuletacountyfair.com/ and look up the 2021 Fair book. The rules are on page 24. Judging will be Aug. 4. 

If you have further questions, please email archuletacountyfair@gmail.com. You could be the grand champion at the Archuleta County Fair. 

Calling all volunteers: The Archuleta County Fair Board needs your help. If you would like to volunteer during the county fair, please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4faea729a0fe3-fair3.

Visit online

Visit us on the Web at https://archuleta.extension.colostate.edu/ or like us on Facebook and get more information: https://www.facebook.com/CSUARCHCTY.

CPR and first aid classes

CPR and first aid certification classes are offered monthly by the CSU Extension office, generally on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. Call the Extension office at 246-5931 to register.

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