Deadly to fish, anyway. Native indian tribes would ground up this plant and throw it in pools and slow moving streams for the purpose of gathering fish. The active ingredient in this plant, saponin, forms a soapy lather that clogs fish gills, making them unable to breathe.
And the fine, harsh bristles on the leaves and stems can form fatal hairballs inside browsing animals. Quail, though, enjoy the seeds of this plant.
Gardeners know, too, that wearing gloves is a necessity when removing this weedy plant. It's those irritating, bristly hairs that give the plant its grey color.
What is this late summer annual that is part of our outdoor world?
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The correct answer:Turkey mullein (Croton setigerus or Eremocarpus setigerus)