Nuisance Plant taking over vegetable garden

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Date Photo Taken: 06/27/2014
Location: Chicago, IL
Posted By: kracefan


This plant showed up in my garden about five years ago. It is extremely hardy aggressive. The roots are long, thick and white almost resembling bean sprouts. They have completely taken over the entire 10×10 garden area. I’ve dug and sifted and picked out as much as I could, but they keep coming back. Even drowning the entire garden in Roundup for a year would not kill them out. Any ideas what it is and how to get rid of it?


  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    We had a long discussion about this particular plant recently.

    Mugwort, useful as an herb for dream therapy… But really a bummer to have in the veggie garden.

    I had mugwort in my veggie garden once, and pulling/digging it out, mulching it… All just encouraged it.

    What I would try… Is put down a nice carpet… The patch should die after a year or two of not getting light…

    June 30th, 2014 at 1:52 pm
  2. Kevin Unregistered says:

    Thank you Stone for the info. I did finally figure out that it was mugwort. That’s a good idea starving it of sunlight. I’ll keep working on it.

    July 2nd, 2014 at 12:20 am
  3. Pete Unregistered says:

    Our community garden was inundated with mugwort in clay soil no less. We finally figured out (for those of us with hard winter freezes) that all we had to do was flip it over in the fall and the freeze killed the roots. A gentleman from England gets the credit for helping us figure it out. He flips his every year and says it helps get rid of recurrent insects as well.

    July 6th, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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