Asked April 6, 2020, 4:49 PM EDT

Hi there! Is this a weed among my rudbeckia?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Yes, this looks like Purple Deadnettle, a weed commonly seen this time of year since it germinated months ago and flowers in the spring.

You can pull it up, but it will also die on its own after spring. Trimming it back rather than pulling it up will not only minimize disturbance to the Rudbeckia but also prevent it from going to seed.