What is this plant?

Asked December 4, 2019, 2:59 PM EST

This flat, low-growing plant has covered a good part of our (mostly) untended back yard in downtown Annapolis. The third photo shows it most clearly. Do you know what it is? If so, what can you tell me about it?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

It's difficult to tell at this time of year, but we think this may be a type of Annual Fleabane , a.k.a. Erigeron. The only way to know for sure is to let it bloom in spring. The flowers would be small white or pinkish(1.3mm) ray-like flowers with a yellow center. Pollinators love them.
If in doubt, send us a photo of the flowers when they come and we will look again.

Another person who looked suggested the groundcover Mazuz reptans, which would bloom blue in the spring.