MANKATO, MN

Minneopa Park has an invasive plant that officials are looking for help to get rid of.

Mullein is native to Europe, North Africa and Asia and can take over native plants, preventing their reestablishment.

Today, officials held a Mullein–weed–pulling competition to see who could pull the most mullein and the tallest stalk.

Mullein grows very tall and can produce 175,000 long–living seeds on one plant alone.

“It’s kind of a stalk form and it has some really soft flowers or pedals on it and then it’s got a big head on it and it has some yellow flowers on it.  It’s pretty distinctive if you every go over there and take a look," said Assistant Park Manager Todd Dailey.

Fortunately for participants, mullein is easy to pull out of the ground.

--KEYC News 12