Identification help

Asked August 29, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT

can you please tell me what kind of weed or plant this is? It has spiky balls on it that resemble small cacti, it is growing in one of our spare garden beds.

York County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Datura stramonium, known by the common names jypsom weed, Jimson weed orDevil's snare, is a plant in the nightshade family. It is very toxic, especially the seeds. It grows in areas where it has an opening. It responds to most broadleaf herbicides when it is small. Dispose of the spiny seed pods before they mature. They make lots of seeds. Then destroy the plants.