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Also called “Dove Weed,” Woolly Croton is a native, warm-season annual forb/broadleaf adapted to the South that produces seeds highly palatable to dove, quail and other seed-eating birds. Non-GMO

Also called “Dove Weed,” Woolly Croton is a native, warm-season annual forb/broadleaf adapted to the South that produces seeds highly palatable to dove, quail and other seed-eating birds. Plant 5 lbs per acre winter through spring. Woolly Croton typically has a high percentage of dormant seed, so planting during the cold season allows natural processes to “wake up” the germ to grow in the spring. However, the seed can be planted in the warm season, as well. In either case, the time it takes to germinate and become established is highly variable, although planting in winter or even late winter/early spring will help your odds of success for spring germination. Non-GMO

Description

Dove Field Mix is a mix of Peredovic Sunflowers and buckwheat designed to specifically attract and hold Doves. The combination of these large leafed, heavy stemmed plants offer a high volume of seed while helping to maintain a clean weed free base. The key for an effective dove field is providing easy access to a lot of seed free of weeds and debris. Doves are weak scratchers and need seed easily accessible on clean dirt. This is best done by controlling the weeds with effective herbicides and spreading the seed by mowing, disking, or burning after maturity. Plant after the chance of frost in early spring on a prepared seed bed. Needs approximately 120 days to mature. Always refer to your federal and local baiting laws before manipulating any crops for the purpose of hunting.

Species from the genus Croton should not be confused with the colorful, tropical houseplant with the common name croton (Codiaeum variegatum).

Doveweed is a small, neat greenish-gray plant that forms small mats or mounds; ours are usually less than a few inches high and two feet wide. The plant has a deep taproot, and it is regularly branched outward from a basal point. The leaves are rounded triangular to oval, with three prominent veins; they are reported to three inches (8 cm) long. All parts of the plant are covered with dense pale hairs. Most hairs are star shaped with many arms of similar length, others are similar but with a long, bristly hair emerging from the center. Minute glandular hairs beneath star shaped hairs give the plant a distinctive, not unpleasant odor. The hairs can irritate the skin.

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The fruit is a dried capsule that splits into two valves from the tip. The outer wall of the capsule consists of two structures and appears two-layered. There is usually a single seed, about 1/8 inch (3-4 mm) long; it is a smooth ellipsoid, somewhat triangular in cross section and variously mottled or striped in tans, browns or grays, or occasionally solid.

Male and female structures occur on separate flowers on the same plant (they are monoecious). Both sexes are inconspicuous. Male flowers are 1/8 to 1/4 (0.4 cm) across, in small groups at the ends of branches. They lack petals. The calyx is green and cup-shaped, usually with five lobes. There are 6-10 stamens exserted beyond the calyx with cream colored anthers and pollen. The female flowers occur in groups of one to a few in the axils beneath the male flowers. Female flowers lack both sepals and petals. There is one pistil with a plump, oblong, one-chambered ovary and one usually thread-like style, often curved or coiled. The main flowering period is May – October. 7

Doveweed or turkey mullein (Croton setiger) is a low growing, native annual that thrives in dry, disturbed, open places, such as on Stonebridge Mesa. Even from a distance it can be recognized by the low, tidy mounds of pale green foliage, themselves evenly spaced out into large patches and fields.