Is this a weed, they have taken over my wooded hill. Any suggestions as how...
Is this a weed, they have taken over my wooded hill. Any suggestions as how to get rid of them? Thanks
Ramsey County Minnesota weed identification
Well, it's a wildflower, or as some wag has observed, it's a weed if it's growing where you don't want it.
This is Geum canadense, or White Avens, a plant that is common throughout the east and midwest. It is a good plant for pollinating insects, not often eaten by deer and it grows well under black walnut trees.
As you have found out, White Avens has a thick, spreading root system which makes it a good erosion control choice - but also difficult to dig out.
The best control method is a direct application of glyphosphate or tryclopir, very carefully applied to each plant.These herbicides will kill anything that they touch so do not use them on windy days.
I hope this is helpful. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.