this thing is the devil

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Date Photo Taken: Sept. 8th, 2011
Location: Hoschton, Ga
Posted By: penumbra


This is a plant that has taken over my garden.First it popped up in my lemon balm bed and I didn’t notice because the immature plant looks very similar to lemon balm, although not hairy or fragrant. As the plants mature they turn into woody shrubs with tiny yellow flowers that are impossible to pull up. They must be dug out and are VERY tenacious! Now they’re spreading everywhere! HELP!


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    This looks alot like a weed called Prickly sida: Sida spinosa. Check it out at this link:

    September 8th, 2011 at 9:52 pm
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    yep – prickly sida….known as ironweed when I was a kid because it was SO HARD to pull!

    September 9th, 2011 at 5:41 pm
  3. penumbra Unregistered says:

    that is TOTALLY it! Thanks you guys. If only I could get rid of it now! Thanks again!

    September 9th, 2011 at 8:42 pm
  4. Walter Reeves Flower Fanatic says:

    David Funderburk says:

    Not prickly sida. Looks more like Sida rhombifolia which has solitary flowers on peduncles (stems) several times longer than the petioles of the leaves. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, and Bell) and Duncan’s Wildflowers of the SE US gives to other species (S. elliottii and S. carpinifolia) which are listed as rare.
    Neither give a common name for S. rhombifolia, but that’s what you photos look like to me.

    May 24th, 2016 at 4:07 pm

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