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Aug 22, 2019 10:25 AM CST
It is late August in zone 5. ( Chicago southwest suburbs Close to soybean farm ). I spread liatris seed last year . I have a 12 inch weed and can't tell if it's liatris or horse weed. Any suggestions or sites that can help me distinguish I would hate to pull it prematurely if it was liatris spicatica.
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Name: kathy
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Aug 22, 2019 4:04 PM CST
First picture - Horsetail.
I've got a plague of them here. If I see one in the garden, I drop everything to go pull it. And just when you think your rid of them - there's another one growing among the lilies - as if to say "I'm beautiful, too".
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 22, 2019 4:43 PM CST
First photo is Marestail (horse tail). The second looks like Liatris. You will know when they bloom. Smiling
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Portland, Oregon (Zone 7b)
Aug 22, 2019 4:45 PM CST
Not like any horsetail I know.

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Aug 22, 2019 6:27 PM CST

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That's the problem with common names.
The weed is commonly called Marestail and Horseweed.
Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

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