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.

You can compare traits such as rough leaf texture and prickly stems with information on this page:

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