Scene in Edmonds: Disappearing nightshade

Before and after photos courtesy Joe Scordino

Invasive nightshade plants are “disappearing” from the Edmonds Marsh, thanks to the work of volunteers. This is the second season of volunteer work under an “Adopt-A-Highway” Landscape Agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). It allows volunteers to remove chain-link fencing and bittersweet nightshade that have damaged the wetland vegetation and blocked altered freshwater flows from Shellabarger Creek into the Edmonds Marsh-Estuary Wildlife Sanctuary.

The next volunteer event is set for 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Community members interested in volunteering should contact Joe Scordino at for details. The worksite is on the west side of Highway 104 just north of the pedestrian crossing signal.

  1. That’s an incredible change and a very welcome sight. I’ve watched this invasive plant swallow up so much of the healthy marsh. It looks like the marsh plants will all be able to breathe healthy air very soon. Thank you so much for the hard work.

  2. What a difference this work has made! Water is flowing freely where previously it was choked off. Very exciting to see what a group of volunteers can do.

  3. Looks good. Hard work it is. Is this an underground trailer? It does seem very invasive. Have you all inserted some metal down a bit as deep as you spades will go. It will help to stop the little stinkers from popping up 5 ft or more away. I know bamboo and some Ivies are like this too. Some are banned now I believe. Or can no longer be sold etc. Good luck I love the idea of the Marsh very much. I have not seen it yet. But will in the fall.

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