Help IDing a weed

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meldon44
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Help IDing a weed

Post by meldon44 » May 15th, 2019, 8:21 pm

Hello! This is my first time on this forum, as well as my first time having a yard that I have to take care of myself. We moved in during the winter, so we didn't know just how bad the yard is, but it's completely overrun with weeds, and there seems to be little grass to speak of.

I've been able to ID a couple of the common weeds in the yard as Yellow Salsify and Horsenettle (I'm only 80% sure on that one). However, I can't seem to find the following weed. In the recent rain, they've grown to about 2-3 feet tall. The base of the plant branches out into several "stems" (no idea if that would be botanically accurate!). Most of the leaves of the plant are near the base, and then all those needle-looking things seem to be the seed-bearing portion of the plant. There's also very small yellow flowers at the ends.

Thank you for any assistance you can give a newb!


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TimmyG
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Re: Help IDing a weed

Post by TimmyG » May 15th, 2019, 10:57 pm

Got me stumped. Sorta looks remotely like a very sad, spent prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola) or wild lettuce (Lactuca canadensis).

meldon44
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Re: Help IDing a weed

Post by meldon44 » May 16th, 2019, 12:20 am

TimmyG wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Sorta looks remotely like a very sad, spent prickly lettuce
That's one I actually came across in my search for what I believe to be the horsenettle. But these plants seem to be anything but sad and spent -- they're flourishing and having a grand old time in my backyard! Ha.

Ctgrassgrower
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Re: Help IDing a weed

Post by Ctgrassgrower » May 16th, 2019, 10:39 pm

What is this weed?

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TimmyG
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Re: Help IDing a weed

Post by TimmyG » May 16th, 2019, 11:07 pm

Oh, I know that one! It's called a thread hijack. :blackeye:

See also.

Seriously though, start another thread and upload (much) larger photos so that we can better assist you. And welcome to ATY!

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