Many areas in Southern Idaho were affected by an invasive species discovered in the water last year.

The discovery of Quagga Mussels near Centennial Park in Twin Falls closed waterways and the eradication killed an unknown number of fish. There’s another invasive species in Idaho that is spreading and could cause health issues.

Warning: Pretty Purple Flowers in Idaho are Not What You Think

This invasive species is a beautiful flower that may look like other less dangerous plants. The fragrant flowers smell amazing and they come in a variety of purples, pink, and white. They might be confused with Phlox or even Violets - with the main difference being the number of petals. The invasive plant only has 4 while the others have 5.

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The plant has many names, including Dames Rocket, Sweet Rocket, Night-scented Gilliflower, Mother of the Evening, and more. But, no matter the name the plant is dangerous and considered an ecologically invasive species in North America. Idaho hasn’t classified the plant as invasive while other states, like Colorado, have placed legal restrictions on it.

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Dames Rocket can cause skin irritation to some people and health problems in dogs if ingested which is interesting because some use the flower in culinary creations. It has been found in many Idaho locations. Ketchum, Pocatello, and Moscow have had verified sightings as seen in this interactive map:

15 Wildflowers You're Forbidden to Pick in Idaho

Before you pull over to pick a bundle of beautiful flowers for your dining room table, think twice. It's actually illegal to gather more than a dozen kinds of wildflowers in Idaho.

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The Burley Airbnb Flowerpot is Adorable

The tiny home is listed on Airbnb with room for 4 guests with 1 bedroom, 2 beds, and 1 bathroom. It’s also listed as a guest favorite on the site as one of the most loved homes on Airbnb.

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