Tuesday, August 4, 2015

End of horseweed

I promised that I'd report back on the pesky horseweed (Conyza canadensis), which went to heaven last night. We got out the tape measure, just out of curiosity. As you can see, from root to top tip, the horseweed measured 101 inches! That computes to more than 8 feet long! And the root was immense.

In the meantime, Austin garden blogger Deb Wilson emailed me yesterday about her horseweed and related post, "Why try?" She was running a similar experiment with horseweed in her garden. In retrospect, I like her idea about putting the blooms in a vase. Too late over here for that! :-)


TexasDeb said...

Thank you for the link!

I appreciate how well your photos give perspective on the height of the plant as contrasted with those teeny (tiny!) flowers. Mine didn't get so tall (about 3.5 feet). I really liked the slender willowy form of the plant and so hoped pollinators would be drawn by the blooms. I didn't witness anything visiting the plant here.

Now I'm not sure how I'd react if I find another plant next year. Would you pull the plant immediately if you found another one, seeing how easy they are to get out even after growing all season?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I think I will pull it. In fact, I think I pulled a young one yesterday. What's tough sometimes is trying to figure out what a plant is when it's in its early growing stages. I've got several like that in our gardens right now. :-)

Ragna said...

I am happy to know the ID of the willowy leafed plant that came up in my garden. I let it stay for awhile thinking it might be something I had planted and forgotten about. I posted a photo but nobody on the Texas Garden Web knew what it was either. I finally decided it was a weed and pulled it ... :-)

Thank you for the confirmation!

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