White Snakeroot

Asked September 24, 2016, 2:35 PM EDT

Hi. We live on gull lake and last year had straight line winds come through. This knocked down a ton of trees and opened up areas to bring in more sun. A plant called white snake root took over the forested area that used to be wild flowers. My mom is devastated about it and tried to kill it all out with round up. Is there someone who can come over and assess her problem? She now doesn't know if she should cut it out .....the plants are all dead now. Is there someone that can help.

Crow Wing County Minnesota white snakeroot horticulture

1 Response

I can't tell from the photos if she had/has white snakeroot. Here are links for identification:
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/white-snakeroot
http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/weedguide/single_weed.php?id=91

White snakeroot is a difficult weed to control. It may require multiple applications of glyphosate (Roundup).

As for someone to assess her problem, Master Gardeners don't make individual house calls. There is a lot of free literature online through the University of Minnesota Extension Service:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/
Depending on her budget, a professional landscaper could possibly help.

White snakeroot is highly toxic, especially to livestock. Read here:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/pasture/white-snakeroot/