Dune invaders: Find out what plant has been found on Navarre Beach

It started out innocent enough. Beach dwellers of the Carolinas looking to beautify their yards in the 1970s and 80s discovered a vine of pretty purple blooms and silvery hued leaves; an ornamental plant that could survive dry, sandy conditions.

Then it started to grow, stretching out with shoots thicker around than a quarter and more than 10,000 seeds per square meter of plant. Its spread was methodical and insidious.

The roots emitted a toxin that drew water away from other plants, ultimately killing the competition.

Read the full article in the Nov. 12 issue of the Navarre Press.

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