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.