Thorny weed - Knowledgebase Question

Pleasant Plain, OH
Question by menapugh
June 11, 2007
I purchased a Balloon Flower that evidently had a weed hiding in the soil. It has grown now and I would like to get rid of it, but first want to know what it is. It has thorny stems and the center of each leaf has a whitish smudge in the center. Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
June 11, 2007

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Based on your description I am not certain what kind of plant that would be, possibly a thistle of some sort. Here are some photos and descriptions of a variety of thistles.

http://extension.missouri.edu/...

Here is an illustrated list of weeds commonly found in Ohio. Perhaps you will recognize it from here.

http://www.oardc.ohio-state.ed...

If not, your local county extension should be able to identify it from either a photo of the overall plant and a closeup of the leaf and stem, or a sample freshly cut and enclosed in a clear plastic bag (keep it cool so it stays fresh.)

I hope this helps you identify your weed.

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