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Q.What Is This Weed

Zone SO40 7EB | Anonymous added on July 3, 2021 | Answered

I left this plant because it looked like a teasel, it is about 5 feet tall with spiny leaves and non descript yellow flowers. Could it have come from the bird food?

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Answered on July 14, 2021

That would be Helminthotheca echioides, or Oxtongue. It is considered invasive.

Probably spread by wind, but it could have come from anywhere.

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