Plant ID

Asked June 5, 2019, 2:38 PM EDT

These plants have sprouted all over my front meadow garden. They never grow tall, but blanket all of the empty spaces. They have shallow roots and pull out easily. Please help with identification. Thank you.

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4 Responses

This is clearweed. It's native, and can be good in natural or wild areas, but it can make a nuisance of itself in home landscapes. It produces seeds quickly along it stems. Pull immediately. If you have a carpet of these coming up, at least one or two escaped notice last year and this year's moist weather is leading to high germination rates. Seeds seem to last for years, so it is worthwhile to be vigilant removing these.

Here's more: https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/clearweed.htm

Ellen

This is clearweed. It's native, and can be good in natural or wild areas, but it can make a nuisance of itself in home landscapes. It produces seeds quickly along it stems. Pull immediately. If you have a carpet of these coming up, at least one or two escaped notice last year and this year's moist weather is leading to high germination rates. Seeds seem to last for years, so it is worthwhile to be vigilant removing these.

Here's more: https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/clearweed.htm

Ellen

Thank you! These have been popping up in the garden for a few years. I've left them as a sort of natural mulch. The other plants are tall and thick together. I won't be able to reach many of the clearweed to remove them. Hope they will stay in that garden!