Name those weeds.
My definition of a weed is simple: anything that Jethro won't eat. He has conservative tastes so he eschews a lot of things I thought would make good donkey chow. Like thistles. I thought donkeys were supposed to like thistles, but no. Click on any picture for a larger view. Can you help? Updated with answers in bold, thanks everybody!.
Number One. This one here is one of my most hated weeds, because its leaves hug the ground so closely it escapes my weedwhacker. The leaves and stem are kind of fuzzy and a little bit sticky. Hairy Elephant's Foot (Elephantopus tomentosus) also known as Devil's Grandmother or Tobaccoweed.
Number Two. This one is a vine. It gets longer and bigger and longer and bigger. What is it? Trumpet creeper, campsis radicans
Number Three. I've made some progress against this one, I hated it before Jethro ever moved in because it's prickly. It has a sort of pretty purple and yellow flower but it's gotta go. Its leaves and stem are hairy. Carolina horsenettle, Solanum carolinense, aka Bull nettle, Apple of Sodom, Radical Weed, Sand Brier, Tread-softly, Wild tomato, Devil's tomato. Perennial. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Number Four. This one is a relative newcomer, or maybe its huge success this year has forced me to notice it. It doesn't grow in Jethro's field but it has overwhelmed my slate walkway. Glechoma hederacea, aka Gill Over the Ground, Creeping Charlie, Ground Ivy. A perennial weed in the mint family
Number Five. This one is low now, but soon it will shoot up on feeble, thin stalks and choke out the whole world. It prefers shady, damp spots but will grow anywhere. I would hate it more, but it's so easy to pull out, its roots are so feeble too, it makes me feel powerful. Also, Jethro will eat it. Japanese Stiltgrass, microstegium
Number Six. This one stands tall on stiff stalks. I thought Jethro would eat it, but no. Sericea lespedeza.
Number Seven. There are tons of these and they get quite tall. They seem completely purposeless. Ragweed.
Number Eight. Last year the extension agent identified this, an annoyingly prolific member of the pasture family, as Stickweed, aka Yellow Crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis). The stems have vertical "wings."
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