Plant or Weed?

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Date Photo Taken: 08/06/2014
Location: Dunwoody, GA
Posted By: sankeyh


My back lot (1/2 acre) is overrun with this very fast growing plant, many are now over 6′ tall. It has a very shallow root system and is easily pulled out of the ground. What is it?


  1. Jim Unregistered says:

    Looks like burnweed/pilewort.

    August 7th, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  2. Harold Sankey Unregistered says:

    Thank you, that is it alright…Burnweed. “The foliage has a pungent odor when crushed”

    It may have also solved another mystery, a recent washload of clothes came out of the dryer with a nasty smell. I had worn some in the yard while trying get rid of as many of these plants as I could.

    August 7th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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