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Trade weeds for seeds in Pitkin County

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Courtesy Colorado Weed Management AssociationDame's rocket is among the ornamental plants introduced into area gardens that is actually a noxious weed, targeted for eradication. It's on Pitkin County's weed hit list.

ASPEN – Pitkin County Land Management and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails have teamed up with local nurseries to provide free coupons to county residents, in exchange for their ornamental noxious weeds.

Noxious weeds are non-native, invasive plants that spread rapidly, crowding out other vegetation. These invaders often have little nutritional value to wildlife and disturb the soil’s nutrient balance, creating an effective “biological desert,” according to the county. Many noxious weeds were initially introduced by gardeners as attractive ornamentals, but have since escaped cultivation to spread aggressively across native ecosystems.

To encourage landowners to replace noxious ornamentals with more appropriate native or non-invasive species, Pitkin County is offering $20 coupons to county residents in exchange for the following noxious ornamentals: Myrtle spurge, oxeye daisy, dame’s rocket, scentless chamomile, absinth wormwood and houndstongue.

Go to to see photos of the targeted plants. Coupons may be redeemed through Nov. 31 at Crystal Gardens and Planted Earth. There’s a limit of two per person and the weeds exchanged for coupons must come from Pitkin County.

To participate, bring one or more full, 13-gallon (kitchen-sized) bags of weeds to the Pitkin County Landfill or the county Public Works Building (76 Service Center Road, between the Aspen Animal Shelter and the RFTA bus barn).

For more information, contact Melissa Sever in Pitkin County Land Management, at 920-5214.

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