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Hibiscus Would Be Nice But You’ve Got Giant Ragweed

Ask the Expert: weed or what?

We’ve lived in our home for 2 years- the previous owner planted an extensive perennial garden in 2004 or 2005. I’m still trying to recognize the perennials each spring… so I don’t weed out the wrong things. What could this be?

I remember Hibiscus in the general area last year, and haven’t seen it this year. Could it be? The leaves don’t look right. Aside from the large cluster in the photo, two individual stems of this have popped up several feet away (where they definitely were not located last year). any help would be appreciated… amberGiant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

Weed Indentification – Wild Strawberry or Common Mallow and the Winner Is

Ask the Expert: what is this plant

this plant is all over my yard I thought it was strawberry but its not. its really dark with a reddish tint.

Common Mallow Leaf I Believe this is a Common Mallow (Malva neglecta)

I found this Common Mallow Photo on a Michigan State University site. You can see the similarity in the leaf.

Common Mallow (Malva neglecta) Photo from Ronald Calhoun Ronald Calhoun in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University supplied this picture. In fact, it comes from the MSU Turf Weed.net program. This is a wonderful resource for weed identification and was developed to assist MSU turf students earn the key identification characteristics of common and not-so-common turfgrass weeds found in Michigan and the midwest. Ronald has compiled a variety of useful weed identification pictures including wild strawberry, henbit and Carolina geranium.