Horseweed and pollinators

Asked September 22, 2019, 2:47 PM EDT

Does horseweed feed pollinators like monarch butterflies?

Dorchester County Maryland weeds

1 Response

Hi - Horseweed is a host plant for various species of moths, and various bees and flies feed on the nectar. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=4245

Refer to the following page and see the section on fauna associations, https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/horseweed.htm.

This plant spreads easily by seeds and can become problematic. If you decide not to keep it, it is easy to pull up by hand.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/horseweed

Christa