please identify this white flowering weed

Asked September 15, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT


Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like a native perennial, Algeratina altissima. Commonly known as white snakeroot. (Previously, this was classified as Eupatorium rugosum.)

This is a popular native plant, and desirable in the landscape. It does spread by rhizomes and seed, and where it is very happy it can get aggressive and become a nuisance. However, it can also be handy to fill in areas and used as a groundcover plant.

Avoid the variety known as 'Chocolate', which can become downright invasive, and ceases to have the benefits of a native plant.

If volunteers are a problem, just be sure to prune off the dead flower heads before the seeds can drop.