Weed seedlings in strawberries

Asked July 10, 2019, 8:34 PM EDT

I transplanted some strawberries into a barrel filled with potting soil and 5 weeks later these are starting to show up. Can anyone tell me what it is!

Linn County Oregon weed identification

1 Response

Hi and thanks for contacting Ask an Expert.
This looks like Fireweed. It is considered a wildflower and can produce up to 80,000 seeds per plant. It is called fireweed because it often grows in forests after a fire when the area is cleared of trees and there is plenty of sunshine.
It is prolific and has pretty flowers that pollinators love. The flowers turn to seeds and when they are fully grown look like strands of gossamer, white, light and fluffy.
It is easy to remove, pulling it out when it is young but you may find that you are pulling out quite a few before they stop germinating.
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