Can you help identify this weed?

Asked June 19, 2019, 9:28 AM EDT

This summer, a large weed has been growing at the corner of my garden bed where I have a perennial shade garden. It's about 5 ft tall, with fuzzy, serrated leaves. I don't believe it is Giant Hog Weed, but I am afraid to pull it out on my own for fear of burns. Are you able to identify it, and let me know how I should remove it?

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

This is not hogweed. It's one of the sowthistles, probably spiny sowthistle. Just pull it up before it goes to seed. Wear gloves because, as you can see, it is a prickly weed.

Ellen