Is this a weed?

Asked June 5, 2020, 3:33 PM EDT

Can you tell me what this is? It’s growing all over my flower gardens this year but I haven’t seen it in other years. Thanks!

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This appears to be Japanese Hops (Humulus japonicus), an invasive annual in our area. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/2212

You can compare traits such as rough leaf texture and prickly stems with information on this page: https://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=10091

It should be relatively easy to pull up, though using gloves would be best.

Miri