Plant identification

Asked October 4, 2018, 5:23 PM EDT

I bought a piece of property in Swartz Creek to build a house. The property is overgrown with weeds, but I found this one plant that was different. What can you tell me about this plant? Is it a weed or a keeper?

Genesee County Michigan plant identification flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Hello,

This appears to be common burdock. The burs from the seed head get stuck to clothes and pets. If you cut one of the stems and the stem is hollow, this confirms it is burdock. Dig out the taproot and discard the plant. Here are some pictures and description—-

http://www.sarc.montana.edu/documents/weedposts/June%202017%20Weed%20Post_common%20burdock.pdf

If the cut stem is solid all the way down to its base, it may be something else. Attach pictures of the stem, and the flower stalk and I will take another look. Thank you for using our service.