what is this plant?

Asked April 20, 2020, 3:18 PM EDT

It has sprouted everywhere. in the beginning, I thought it was my California rheas poppies bit the leaves are not green, more like mixture of chartreuse and purple and now, the buds are orange. I sow California red poppies before but missed it this past September and am just sowing them yesterday. Please advise

Calvert County Maryland

3 Responses

We agree the weeds in question are not any of your poppy seedlings, even if seeds had overwintered. This resembles Oriental False Hawkweed (Youngia japonica), an non-native plant common to this area: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=14680. If the flowers open fully and appear not to match this ID, please send us another photo or two of the open flowers along with a shot of the foliage.


I found 3-4 plants in my terrace and was waiting for the flowers to bloom
Today I found several out at my8 gate
I will go out and eradicate them before they become invasive