Plant ID forum: Invasive weed?

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Sep 18, 2017 5:51 AM CST
Can anyone please identify this weed and how to eliminate it? It's very invasive and growing everywhere in my gardens. I've lived here three years and this is the first year I've had this problem. It's growing up, between, and in front of every plant, flower, or bush I have in my house. I'm at my wits end. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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Sep 18, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Fatoua villosa,
Easy to pull and growing from seed.I would pull and bag/burn it all ASAP, then mulch the areas.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Sep 18, 2017 6:37 AM CST
Thank you so much for your quick response Sally! Now I just hope I can get my beautiful gardens back.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Sep 18, 2017 7:16 AM CST
Fatoua is definitely one of those plants that you do not want setting seed... And.... After having set seeds like yours have done.... You are going to have to be careful pulling as.... The seeds are likely to fall off with rough handling.... One of those plants that scatter seeds as you carry it to the trash...
I'd carry a bucket, and try to prevent the seeds from dispersing.... At my house, I add the plants to the grill...

The only benefit to this plant.... The deer will eat a patch of this... Before eating the flowers.... Of course.... The seeds go through the deer, and then you have more fatoua... Where ever they poop.

Incidentally, this fatoua and chamberbitter.... Are known as "born pregnant" in these parts... A two week old seedling is already producing flowers, and one overlooked plant can quickly become a patch of thousands in a very short time.

Good luck!

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