Weed ID

Asked June 27, 2018, 11:48 AM EDT

What is this weed? It always pops up about this time of year in my cultivated beds. This is what it looks like now. I wasn’t sure I saw it in your rogues gallery of weeds but maybe it is there and I just didn’t recognize it. Thanks.

Baltimore County Maryland weeds plant identification

3 Responses

This looks like hairy crabweed (Fatoua villosa). It is a summer annual weed found throughout the southeastern United States. Pull it out or dig it up before it sets seeds.



Thanks, that looks like it. Or could it be clearweed, Pilea pumila, a cousin of stinging nettle (Urtica dioicia) but minus the barbs, and a North American native? That’s what I always thought it was. The little flowers are whitish, not purple. Unless these are seeds beginning to form...

Clearweed has a shiny, thin, water-soaked looking leaf, which we don't see here.

It does look like the little balls of (you can hardly call them) flowers are starting to form. Also called Mulberryweed, here is an Extension article from Deleware about it: http://extension.udel.edu/factsheets/mulberry-weed-fatoua-villosa/

When you weed, be sure to get the roots too. They are easy to pull but often break off and the plant can still produce seed, just much lower to the ground.