Plant identification question

Asked February 5, 2019, 8:43 PM EST

I'm sure I should know what this plant is, but I don't. It's growing in a number of places in my flower beds, in areas that get sun half to most of the day, with moderate moisture. In the spirit of "the only stupid question is the one you're afraid to ask," I'm sending a couple of photos hoping someone there can please identify it.

Montgomery County Maryland weeds plant identification hairy bittercress

2 Responses

You are right!
There are no 'stupid' questions, and we are happy to help.

This is a weed called Hairy Bittercress. It is actually pretty attractive right now, but you may recognize it later in the season as a pesty weed in flower beds. It's the one that after it's tiny white blooms, has seed capsules that once dry, blast tiny seeds all over the place, making many more for next year.
Fortunately now is an easy time to pull those you see.
Here is our webpage on this plant:
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/hairy-bittercress

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Thank you!