Does anyone know what this weed is? We just moved into this house in the fall is now this is coming up everywhere!

does anyone know what this weed is we just moved into this house in the fall is now, gardening
does anyone know what this weed is we just moved into this house in the fall is now, gardening
  42 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Apr 18, 2012
    Does it have a milky sap when you break it?

  • Paul M Paul M on Apr 19, 2012
    No it does not and it makes a woody stem with a bush type of habitat that will be there next year as remnants of the plant. Then it will resprout from the same "stump" although that may not be the best word for the remnant of the plant. I have never seen one get over 2' high and I have seen them everywhere, especially along road sides.

  • Eulalia Eulalia on Apr 19, 2012
    No milky sap. And Paul yes it does have a woody stump and very determined roots! Is there anything that I can safely use to get rid of it? I was planning on a vegetable garden but those roots are everywhere I try to dig!

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 19, 2012
    It doesn't look like there is too much growing around them, so you could spray with Roundup or another herbicide containing glyphosate.

  • Eulalia Eulalia on Apr 19, 2012
    If I do spray, can I plant soon afterwards? It is bad enough fighting the clay soil! To think that I moved down here from MA thinking that I would be able to garden to my hearts content only to find they don't have soil here, only clay and weeds! Oh well, going to try to make the best of it. Thank you for your suggestions Douglas, going to give them a try.

  • Patricia K Patricia K on Apr 19, 2012
    never use Roundup....use cider vinegar and salt to spray weeds

  • Dana C Dana C on Apr 19, 2012
    i always boil water the pour it on the plant it kills the plant not the soil

  • Candi S Candi S on Apr 19, 2012
    We live in Central Fla and have these every year especially if it has been a dry and warm Winter like this past season. We just pull them up, root and all. They grown more in our yard than in our flower/vege gardens.

  • Sharon Kay W Sharon Kay W on Apr 19, 2012
    It's been found ,Roundup is bad for you ,too..Don't know what this weed is..

  • Michele C Michele C on Apr 19, 2012
    Is it prickly? I have something that looks like that taking over my garden seemed to do it after I planted some marigold seeds someone gave me a two years ago. I try to pull them and they stick me all the time. I sprayed weed killer and got rid of most of it but the roots seem to be still in the ground sticking up a little

  • Craig L Craig L on Apr 19, 2012
    I live in Ga, and also have the red clay, I use Ortho-Max Weed b gone. you can buy it in a spray bottle. all you have to do is hook it up to the hose and spray.the weeds die but not the grass.

  • Vivian P Vivian P on Apr 19, 2012
    I does look like rue. i have this in my garden and anything that doesn't look like a definite weed I leave it . Mine was Rue and I have found other weeds that are beautiful and actually serve a purpose.

  • Beth L Beth L on Apr 19, 2012
    Don't know what it its but not Rue. Try the boiling water. Won't hurt anything but the plant you pour it on.

  • Tara H Tara H on Apr 19, 2012
    If it Rue it helps deter mosquitoes....check with the nearest horticulture place near you. We have the Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) you can send them a sample. They will identify and tell you how best to get rid of this plant and what the plant is. You can google them and they will help you.

  • Debbie S Debbie S on Apr 19, 2012
    when we lived in New York we had something that looked like that and it was Dandelion

  • Elaine L Elaine L on Apr 19, 2012
    spray W-D 40 on one and see what happenes

  • Mitch C Mitch C on Apr 19, 2012
    Glysofate is a contact herbicide that leaves no residue in the soil. Its not soil active. Only kills live plants and seedling that it contacts. The weed looks like Leafy Spurge. Round-up should work and then you can plant within 7-14 days. Just read the lable of the product you buy before you use it. Good Luck.

  • Pat W Pat W on Apr 19, 2012
    Don't know its botannical name. It will develop orange blossoms. I have lots of it on my property. Locals call it butterfly weed. It will attract a wide variety of butterflies. My mother who grew up in Alabama called it chigger weed because it will be full of chiggers when it blooms. Very deep rooted and hearty plant.

  • Joy S Joy S on Apr 19, 2012
    I think the only way you are going to get rid of this thing (without harmful sprays) is to dig is up. But you have to make sure you have ALL of the root, if you do not, it will come back.

  • Eulalia Eulalia on Apr 19, 2012
    Michele C, it is not prickly. And Vivian it is not rue as it does not have any scent at all. Whatever it is, it is taking over in the yard! I will try the vinegar and salt solution and see if it works. Thanks you Patricia K for that suggestion. If that doesn't work, I will try te Ortho-Max although I would rather go the organic route. Thank you all for the info and suggestions.

  • Mary E Mary E on Apr 19, 2012
    Seriously? How well does this work? I'd love to use an alternative to Roundup. I'm kind of laughing, tho - bet it smells like salad after you treat the weeds.

  • Rebecca D Rebecca D on Apr 19, 2012
    Use boiling water if possible ! A couple days later it'll turn brown and then pull it out!

  • Auntie R Auntie R on Apr 19, 2012
    It looks like it's in the pea family. You don't need to use cancer causing pesticides, unless you don't care about cancer, some don't. Just use a hoe, people have been using hoes for millennia with no ill effects.

  • Jan P Jan P on Apr 19, 2012
    Some good weed killing ideas...I'm trying the cider vinegar and the boiling water. Worth a try.

  • Kristine W Kristine W on Apr 19, 2012
    I have the same weeds in my yard / gardens . I dig up what I can and use ortho weed killer on the root under the ground . works great !! I used the boiling water trick , works good on shallow rooted weeds not the deep rooted ones.

  • Gloria G Gloria G on Apr 19, 2012
    full strengh vineagar poured on then let it dry and then pop it out

  • Rebecca D Rebecca D on Apr 19, 2012
    Does it have white flowers and smell like vanilla ?

  • Laura S Laura S on Apr 19, 2012
    both the vinegar and boiling water work very well & no dangerous chemicals

  • Carol M Carol M on Apr 19, 2012
    Does it have a flower? easier to identify if it does..Please people DO NOT use chemicals in the garden, they leach into our water supply and are not safe if you have small children and animals.

  • Carol M Carol M on Apr 19, 2012
    My first thought was wild sweet pea..they can be invasive, but pretty.

  • DAPHNE W DAPHNE W on Apr 19, 2012
    Patricia, What are the measurements for cider vinegar and salt? So much better than chemicals, if I can get it right.

  • Eulalia Eulalia on Apr 19, 2012
    Don't know if it has a flower, we just moved to the area and it may be too early for a flower. Time will tell. It is definitely not wild sweet pea, as I have those too! And the plant itself does not smell like anything although I don't know if the flowers will if it indeed does have a flower.

  • Patricia K Patricia K on Apr 20, 2012
    use one gallon vinegar, one cup salt and one tablespoon dish washing soap..

  • Rebecca D Rebecca D on Apr 20, 2012
    Queen Anne's Lace ?

  • Maureen S Maureen S on Apr 20, 2012
    Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray them as the start to grow it all kill the root in a few days.

  • Susan B Susan B on Apr 20, 2012
    they almost look like the sand spir plant.The one that makes them stickers.not sure.

  • Eulalia Eulalia on Apr 21, 2012
    Not sand spirs. I will try the vinegar, but I'll need to buy a lot of gallons of the stuff as these weeds are! Thank you all for your suggestions, I even asked one of the locals and they had no idea what they were.

  • Jamie M Jamie M on Apr 24, 2012
    It reminds me of a form of lespedeza grass and some what like a spurge.

  • DAPHNE W DAPHNE W on Apr 25, 2012
    Thank you Pat..... I'm going to give this right to my husband. Now what do you know about keep roses healthy. :) Here in the South it is the most challenging thing I have ever done. I really don't want it as a occupation.

  • Eulalia Eulalia on Apr 25, 2012
    Jamie M, it is not spurge, it grows upright. Lespedeza is really close and if that's what is is then I might as well pack up my house and move as this stuff is Not only is it growing from old roots but now I'm noticing 100's of babies coming up from seed. Thank you all for all your responses.

  • Susan B Susan B on May 05, 2012
    So glad not sand spirs.I hate them things.yikes!