Text and Photos by Fred Heath
The Sweet Resin Bush (Euryops multifidus) is a beautiful member of the Sunflower Family which brightens up the winter in Sabino Canyon with its lush green foliage and bright yellow flowers. There is one huge problem though: Euryops is a very invasive plant from South Africa.
|Photo by Fred Heath 2/2/2015|
|Great Purple Hairstreak (female) on Euryops 2/5/2015|
|Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak on Euryops 2/5/2015|
My wife Mary and I have recorded 39 species of butterflies this year so far in Sabino Canyon. Of these, 17 species have used Euryops as a nectar plant. (See two examples, above)
|Assassin Bug on Euryops 2/14/2015|
The Assassin Bug (above), an ambush predator, knows to wait for the many insects that come to nectar on Euryops.
Anne says: Debbie, Jerry, Fred, and I removed 5 heavy-duty bags of Euryops on 2/26 as part of the Sabino Stewards (volunteering with the Forest Service). Alas, there's plenty more. If you are interested in helping with the ongoing (volunteer) efforts against invasives in Sabino Canyon, send me an email and I'll put you in touch with the movers and shakers (and the pullers and sprayers).
Never ever go rogue and pull or damage any plant in Sabino Canyon.