The Beautiful Beast
At Desert Mountain we strive to educate residents and visitors about the Sonoran Desert we live in. This education includes the identification and the impact of non-native and invasive plants. In addition to the over population of native Desert Broom (Baccharis sarothroides) and non-native Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), we have begun to see in our community a newly introduced and highly invasive plant called Stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum). A native of South Africa, it is soon to be classified as an Arizona Noxious Weed. If you see this aromatic plant, pull it up! Preferably, before it goes to seed through March. The Desert Mountain Community, along with DLC, has plans to address this plant along the parkway and other common areas.
Why are they bad?
Non-native invasive plants out-compete native plants for resources like water and soil nutrients needed to grow. In addition, they significantly increase the fire potential.
Call to action!
Your assistance is needed to gain control over these plants. When you see Stinknet, please pull it up. Ask your landscaper to remove Desert Broom from your private property. Contact the Desert Mountain Community office with questions.
Brochure about Stinknet from AZNPS Conservation in partnership with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, The Native Plant Society, and Arizona Department of Agriculture. Additional information is available from the Sonoran Desert Coorperative.