Are there references to Venegasia carpesioides as a fire
follower? or perhaps as a native invader of disturbed places?
It appeared in abundance in Rattlesnake Canyon after a flood
and in the Botanic Garden after the Jesusita fire, but I haven’t
seen it specifically called a “fire follower.” Thank you for the
excellent photographs. Cathy
While I have certainly seen it as an early colonizer of burned areas, it also flourishes long after fire has gone — to me a fire-follower is a plant which only grows right after a fire, so I would not call it a follower myself. A brief scan through various books failed to find any such description either.
Not really sure when something is described as an invader, but there are plenty of plants which seem more invasive to me…
I’d describe it as being able to survive in a fairly wide range of habitats (from full sun, to deep shade)…