I'm a Bay-Wise mg volunteer. Came across this 10" woody stem weed...

Asked October 23, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

I'm a Bay-Wise mg volunteer. Came across this 10" woody stem weed amongst pachysandra in shady backyard in Crofton. Homeowner indicated the weed doesn't have leaves or flower?! This woody stem is all that appears in the fall. Hope you can help me w/ id. Thank you!

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Unfortunately, we are unable to identify your 'weed' from the photos provided. While there are certainly distinctive features, the only way to truly identify the plant is to see it in leaf and, especially, in flower. And, yes, the plant had both at some point!
Encourage the homeowner to mark the spot and if the plant re-emerges next spring, wait until it flowers, then take a picture of the plant.
We could make some guesses, but we prefer to see some more identifiable characteristics.
LS