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Invasive Plants: Ouch! Need help identifying this burr-covered pest

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MTnic
Plentywood, MT
(Zone 3b)

April 1, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9065386

I recently moved to a different region of Montana and (losing two full USDA zones, ugh) and am faced with new weeds to eradicate. I searched the Montana noxious weeds site as I assume this beast is not friendly, but was unable to identify it. Thankfully, it seems to be shallow-rooted although I could be mistaken. It is apparently as each dead and burr-covered stalk is surrounded by healthy new grew foliage at the base. Because I'm new to the area, I have no idea what the plant looks like while growing. Any help would be appreciated as I have a somewhat forested area literally covered in this. I began the torturous process of removing these plants and was soon covered head to toe in small pain-inducing burrs. I decided before I continue, I should verify that I am doing the right thing and not spreading these terrible plants. Thanks in advance!

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MTnic
Plentywood, MT
(Zone 3b)

April 1, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9065459

I figured it out on my own somehow. Common motherwort. :(

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greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 1, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9065830

While it is not native, it is not invasive everywhere, but I don't know how it behaves in Montana. I think that it is an interesting plant with small but pretty flowers. Consequently, I keep some in my yard and have no trouble keeping it under control.
MTnic
Plentywood, MT
(Zone 3b)

April 1, 2012
9:05 PM

Post #9066207

Hmm. Well, it is probably kept in check by our vicious winters but it was certainly no fun to remove today. I was covered from head to toe in burrs. The plants came up easily though they are absolutely EVERYWHERE in my yard. I guess as long as they won't take over, I won't be too worried about a few growing here and there then, thanks!

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