It was, after all, government agencies that encouraged people to use kudzu
for erosion control in the South and multiflora rose as a fence replacement
in the Midwest. I would not take too much comfort becasue paulowinia was
recommended in a gov't publication but would check out the plant's behavior
in your particular area.
Well, yes, that is true, almost all of it. However, I would be cautious
about characterizing any and all government publications and
recommendations as suspect, or worse, as ultimately wrongheaded and
dangerous. If you really look at the track record for government agencies
and programs such as USDA's plant material centers and the Agriculture
Research Service I believe you would find an incredibly larger number of
winners than the few losers that have managed to slip through the cracks.
And, it is especially because of goofs such as kudzu and multiflora rose
that such government entities take even greater pains to prove a plant's
usefullness vs being a problem child. By all means, check a plant out
thoroughly before committing to it, but government recommedations should be
considered as a good source of information instead of a suspicious one.
Hey, government employees gotta live here too.
Son of Richard
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