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Northeast Gardening: Identify this marauding weed?

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DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
1:46 PM

Post #9205177

My wife pointed out that a weed had invaded a bed I had been neglecting and was crowding out the helianthus and salvias I had planted there several years before. I took a look, and it was indeed a jungle of 5 to 6 ft tall plants spreading from shallow roots. I could pull out the smaller ones, but am going to have to excavate the ones with 5/8" thick stems.

There is a picture of a sample below. It has alternate leaves, mostly 5-lobed, green on top and silvery green on the bottom. Straight stems to 5+ feet tall, no sign of branching, and no apparent flowers or even buds by July.

I'm going to memorize the leaves, since I have no doubt it will pop up again, but can anyone guess its identity just to satisfy my curiosity?

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 14, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9205181

It is all over my garden...I think I first found it about 5 years ago...a real pest!

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9205413

I think that's a Mugwort (Artemisia sp.).

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/205334/

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9205453

Yep agree Mugwort
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9205641

Yes, some of the other PlantFiles pictures show the deep lobing of the leaves. I liked the alternate name, "Felon Herb", and some of the PF comments are quite graphic!

Thanks for the quick response. Now I'll know to pull this up as soon as it appears.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2012
5:54 PM

Post #9206421

Have lots of it here too.
candyinpok
Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2012
4:48 AM

Post #9206788

This monster has taken over a garden at school. So far we've been unable to erradicate it.
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9206852

All Weeds have a mind of their own. I dont like them.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9207148

I had them at the base of our downspout, every year pulling that stuff out...I planted a garden there and now it's not a problem...weird

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2012
9:47 AM

Post #9207193

That and wild grapes are my biggest problems this year - aside from my kids.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2012
10:23 AM

Post #9207258

I have that weed, too. The bad part is that I can't eat it. Anyone ever cook Poke weed?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #9207330

I think they do in the south, but have to cook it correctly or it'll kill you(or at least make you very sick!)
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2012
12:12 PM

Post #9207439

Not worth it in my book unless I was starving.

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 16, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9207514

I wouldn't take a chance...lettuce is good...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2012
2:46 AM

Post #9208304

Its Mugwort. ID'd for me 3 years ago.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 17, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9209065

So that makes the photo a mugshot??

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

July 17, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9209066

Yep!
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2012
5:38 AM

Post #9209816

Groan...
...and cultivated only by muggles and mugwumps?
davidsl88
Worcester, MA

July 18, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9209865

Did you notice the color of the roots? Are they red (ish)?

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