Lot of this around the perimeter of back yard. Stem is hollow with red root....

Asked June 5, 2015, 8:33 PM EDT

Lot of this around the perimeter of back yard. Stem is hollow with red root. Request identification and possible control measures.

Fillmore County Minnesota plant identification herbaceous plants hollow stem

1 Response

We think it is the wildflower called spotted jewelweed, also called touch-me-not. Most people like this plant - its flower is attractive and it is a bee and hummingbird attractor. It is an annual, so the plants won't come back next year. But it seeds prolifically. If you don't want it, pull it as it comes up. Here is a reference:
http://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/spottedjewelweed.html