strange weed around purple coneflowers

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Date Photo Taken: June 11, 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: schuites

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Please help me identify this strange “weed” that is growing around my purple coneflowers. It started small, but is becoming larger and more invasive. I’ve had a difficult time finding roots for it to rip it out completely. Thanks!

COMMENTS

  1. Daryl Unregistered says:

    It looks like Dodder, a nasty thing resembling Silly String, but with the habit of something out of a science fiction movie, since it’s a parasite. http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/dodder-vines/

    June 11th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Field dodder. Because it is a parisitic annual weed it will always be photographed growing on the host plant. http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CUPE3&photoID=cupe3_004_ahp.jpg
    Here is some other info on field dodder
    http://www.extension.org/pages/38926/how-does-one-get-rid-of-field-dodder-without-destroying-the-host-where-does-this-weed-come-from-it-is
    A previous post to Walter probably has the best solution http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/dodder-vines/

    June 11th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
  3. Kirk Unregistered says:

    Dodder
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuscuta
    A parasitic plant that most time kills its’ hosts.

    June 12th, 2011 at 8:52 am

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