Is this a weed, they have taken over my wooded hill. Any suggestions as how...

Asked July 8, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

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

1 Response

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.
http://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/white-avens

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.