Is this a weed? (Didn't see it in your database.)

Asked July 24, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT

My neighbor has several of these volunteer plants in her garden this year and isn't sure if they are weeds. She doesn't have internet so I'm submitting two photos on her behalf. They are each about 3-4 feet tall. We both suspect they are some sort of thistle because of height and leaf shape, but the flower buds are a cluster type and appear white and the leaves have no hair or thorns. She's lived her all of her life (over 60 years) and has never seen this plant before.

Hennepin County Minnesota

4 Responses

Hello and thank you for helping your neighbor send a questions. Yes, this is a weed. I am still working on finding the exact name in my resources. It's good to pull them before they flower and set seed. I'll send a note when I can name it.

Thx! I’ll let her know. We both look forward to its id when you discover it.

Here is the name of the weed and a link. Known as American burnweed, fireweed or pilewort.

Fascinating! Thanks.