The Country Life: Beware the tumbleweeds


Tumbleweeds come from a number of plants and occur when the plant matures, dries out, breaks free of its roots and takes a wind-fueled journey across the ground, dispersing its seeds along the way. In El Paso County, the two chief culprits are Russian thistle and kochia, Pattee says. The Colorado State University Extension labels them both as “troublesome annual weeds of rangeland, pastures, fields, disturbed areas, gardens, roadsides, ditch banks and small acreages.”