Asked on May 24, 2014

What kinds of weeds are these?

Kelly S
by Kelly S
My rhododendron is covered in weeds. I know one is morning glory but what are the long vines that seem to have Velcro on them and what is the yellow thing that appears to also be a vine? What is the tall one also? Are any of them ones that will make an average person get blisters? They aren't poison ivy but I want to know my enemy before I do battle with them.
My rhody covered in weeds What is the one in the middle of the picture?
This one appears to be some sort of vine. There are also dandelions in there.
this is the one that clings to everything. Natural velcro
These haven't bloomed yet but I have several of them
  19 answers
  • Patricia Linn Patricia Linn on May 24, 2014
    I have the same ones! My mother in law (who used to do the weeding around our house) had a itchy reaction to them also. Usually, cortisone cream took care of it. Don't THINK any of it is poisonous but may cause skin irritation.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on May 24, 2014
    I have this growing in the yard I just pull out what I don't want, if you think you will have a reaction to them wear gloves
  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on May 24, 2014
    I have the same weeds growing in my yard...I live south of you around Portland. the sticky thing I used to call spurge, but don't think that is the name. Picture 3 is a daisy likesmall flower, I have a 'billion" of them this year. I think they get very tall and have little yellow flowers on them that turn into stickers. pull them all or use a shovel. Nothing looks poisonous to me. Looks like you have some wild geraniums in there too.
  • Debra K Debra K on May 24, 2014
    i also have the "velcro" type weed and I live even further south (Medford). I don't know what they are but they are a pain to pull out because the "stickiness" sticks to your gloves also and are difficult to get rid of. Round up is the next step in my goal to get rid of them permanently. Hope it works!
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 24, 2014
    I have to go to war with shovel and hands since chemicals will hurt my poor rhody. These were all weed whacked 4 weeks ago. The rhody may have to go too because it's all twisted and bent over from the morning glory, wild blackberry vines and salal that keeps coming back. @Douglas Hunt @Walter Reeves can you help me. I've never had these particular weeds in my yard before.
    • Rhonda Clements Rhonda Clements on May 25, 2014
      @Kelly S you need to pull them weed wacking doesnt remove the root, and will continue to come back do it once the right way your problem will be solved. You can cut a rhody back to the ground and it will regrow beautifully! I live just N of Seattle, get the same weeds, but pulling is the way to go around shrubs and in the garden.
  • The Velcro weed we called bedstraw on the farm. Pulling it out is easy. The last pic is it a vine?
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 24, 2014
    No but the 2nd one is. I don't want to be miserable and miss work from enjoying my time off from work by getting into something itchy in the garden. the one does pull out fairly easy but I want it all gone.
  • Janice Janice on May 24, 2014
    I live in Houston and have had tons of that sticky stuff this year. After crawling into the beds to pull it, there are hundreds of little sticky balls all over my pants and shoes. I thought they would just come off in the wash but was sad to see that they stuck on through the washer and dryer cycles! However, the ones I didn't get to to pull out finally died off and now there are just dead sticks to pick up. I wish I knew what to do to prevent them next spring. Any ideas, friends?
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 24, 2014
    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because I still don't know what I'm dealing with.
  • The first one is what I call Poke
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 25, 2014
    Kelly, I would put on gloves and start pulling. The sticky one is Galium aparine. The bottom one looks like garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata. You want to get rid them before they flower.
  • Tracy Gilmore Tracy Gilmore on May 25, 2014
    first looks like buttercup, second is Sticky Willy (Galium aparine), best got rid off before it flowers, those little balls contain seeds. third one not sure, to stop weeds getting in around your rhody try using straw or something around the base of the plant, im useing the hanging basket liners this year along with a newspaper mulch, around any new plants i put in, i also use old rugs pieces of carpet where i want new planting areas to kill anything and prevent reseeding of weeds
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 25, 2014
    Thank you all! I need to finish my coffee and change into grungy work clothes and go to battle.
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 25, 2014
    Dug and dug and dug. I hope I got them all including the $$*#(% morning glory. 7 black garbage bags are sitting up there now waiting to hopefully rot down so they will be lighter or at least take up less space in the garbage. Layered a weeks full of newspaper and catalogs under and around the rhody. I may have to cut it back in order to get it to grow straight. Thank you to all that posted your advice and encouragement was greatly appreciated. I found several volunteer potato plants under all that mess as well. I'll have to wait a month or so to harvest them. Nothing like free potatoes.
  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on May 25, 2014
    Those little sticky balls are heck to get out of your dogs hair.....
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 25, 2014
    That's another reason I spent ever hours getting after the stuff. He has short hair so it wouldn't be so bad but he really doesn't like bath time.
  • Helen Helen on May 25, 2014
    Morning Glory are the worst and they never really die. If by chance you can't get all the root out, try this goofy remedy, Vinegar, salt and Dawn dish soap. I spritzed dandy lions this afternoon and they were brown and fizzled in just a few hours. I hate using chemicals and this stuff works.
  • Kelly S Kelly S on May 25, 2014
    That's what I use or just straight vinegar and dawn. It's doing the Washington rain thing now so I'll have to wait a few days for the weather to clear then I'm going after the weeds in the cracks in the front areas. I've been working extended shifts and the weeds know it!
  • Josh Joslin Josh Joslin on Jul 04, 2015
    The last photo is a nettle. Beware of these plants. They have a nasty sting.