you identify this weed for me and tell me how to control it? I swear
it grows overnight, and I am tired of pulling it out of my
writer enclosed a sample of
American burnweed (Erechtites
hieracifolia), a member of the composite family that is native to
North America. It is also known as fireweed.
Penn State Professor of
Weed Science Bill Curran notes that it “seems to be increasing
exponentially over the last few years in our area.” I do
not recall seeing it a decade ago, but now I see it everywhere I go.
American burnweed is a summer annual that germinates
from mid-May through mid-June in our climate and
blooms from late July through September. Its flowers
are not showy, and actually look more like flower
buds. The fluffy, white seed heads are
wind-dispersed, much like a dandelion. This weed is
well adapted to disturbed areas, particularly areas
that have been damaged by fire, hence it common
names. It is an early pioneer species that colonizes
such areas, and like many annual species, produces a
tremendous number of seeds. It can grow rapidly from
three to nine feet tall.