Gamescook
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Colossal Mystery Weed

I have a weed that's cropped up in a peculiar spot in my backyard. Growing inbetween two fences it has grown to over six feet tall! It looks like a single stalk ending in a gnarled cluster of Dandelions, and for the life of me I can't get an idea what it could possible be called! Has anyone else here seen anything close to this plant in their gardening experience?

Note: The wooden fence in the photo is taller than I am, and I'm 5' 9". This weed is taller than that same fence!

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cynthia_h
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Whatcha got there is a real exuberant, well-developed sowthistle. You *could* pull it out by the roots if it weren't for the fences, but for now just get some pruning shears and cut the things off at the ground. Do NOT let them go all feathery like some of them are with the little tufts--those are seed pods.

Get them NOW.

Sowthistle.

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

Gamescook
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Been trying to get rid of it, but lacking tools and neighbor TAG-TEAM ACTION to go about it quite yet. Thanks so much for solving the mystery, we'll give its removal an even higher priority now.

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If it's going to be awhile before you get rid of it, I would cut all the buds and flowers off NOW with snippers, to prevent it from spreading that seed all over the yard/neighborhood. TODAY!!
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