Hardly a Western movie or television show is made without a scene involving one of these most iconic symbols of the Old West.
Native to Russia, its seeds were accidentally introduced with flax seed that was planted in Scotland, S.D., during the fall and winter of 1873 and 1874.
Within two decades, the plants were thriving in 16 western states, including Kansas.
Each plant can produce up to 200,000 seeds. The plants range in size from a few inches high to 4 or 5 feet tall and can be as wide.
The hardy weeds are among some of the first to germinate and establish themselves as plants by early spring and are drought tolerant.
Go almost anywhere in the state and you’ll find it.
Question: What is it?
Answer to Sunday’s question: Smith, which dominates the name lists in 48 counties, including Sedgwick.
Check Kansas.com Tuesday for the answer to today’s question.