need weed identification for ZIP CODE 20904 (Silver Spring)

Asked April 3, 2017, 9:49 AM EDT

I have these weed that grow annually between Fall and Spring, during the Winter months. Please help me identify it and what the best means of getting rid of it.

Montgomery County Maryland plant identification hairy bittercress weed

1 Response

This is the winter annual hairy bittercress. It starts out kind of pretty and people tend to ignore it, but it becomes a nuisance once the stems elongate, set seed, and then literally explode when brushed, sending the seeds of future weeds flying.
Here is our page about it, including methods of control:
Here is our page on it: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/hairy-bittercress

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