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Pemberton's 5 Worst Weeds

Have you seen these plants? Are they growing in your garden?

Did you know that these pretty, unassuming plants could be affecting your neighbour’s hip pocket?

These 5 species have been identified as the 5 Worst Weeds in Pemberton, and we invite you to learn more…..

The hit list:

  • Canada Thistle
  • Common Burdock
  • Orange Hawkweed
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • Scentless Chamomile

Weeds and Agriculture:

Invasive Species are problematic for Pemberton farmers. They can cause crop losses, increased maintenance costs, reduced product quality & quantity, human and animal health concerns (from mild allergies to poisonings), and lowered land values. Pemberton’s agricultural land base covers 18,600 acres of the valley, and since weeds do not respect fence lines, effective management is made much easier by neighbouring properties working together to stop the spread.

SSISC partnered with the Pemberton Farmer’s Institute and the Pemberton Seed Potato Growers Association to determine which 5 plants are the most problematic weeds for agriculture in the Pemberton area, and to share knowledge about how best to manage them. By working together and sharing this knowledge with the wider Pemberton community, we increase our chances of reducing the spread of these weeds and their negative impacts on agriculture and the environment. Use the following factsheets to learn about how to identify Pemberton’s 5 Worst Weeds, their negative impacts on local agriculture, and recommended strategies for controlling or removing them.

Canada Thistle factsheet

Canada ThistleCanada thistle

Common Burdock factsheet

Common Burdock

Common Burdock

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed factsheet

Orange Hawkweed

Oxeye daisy factsheet

Oxeye Daisy

Scentless chamomile factsheet

Scentless Chamomile


  • Join us on August 13th at 5:00pm in the Pemberton Community Barn to learn more about these plants and other Invasive Species in the Sea to Sky corridor. Learn how to identify Pemberton’s 5 Worst Weeds first hand with real plant samples, and what to do with them if you find them in your yard. An Invasive Species informational session will be followed by a question and answer period. Join in and help stop the spread!
  • Stop by our booth at the Pemberton Farmer’s Market on Friday August 14th between 3:00 and 6:30pm to view our posters, pick up a fact sheet, and chat to the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council staff about any invasive species questions you may have.
  • Keep your eyes open for Pemberton’s 5 Worst Weeds posters around town. Take a look and spread the word. Learn what all 5 of them look like and keep your eyes open for them. Report them to us using:
  • Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information about Pemberton’s 5 Worst Weeds throughout August.
  • https://www.facebook.com/ssinvasives
  • https://twitter.com/SSinvasives

This project was made possible through generous support from:

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and The Pemberton Seed Potato Growers Association.

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