The True Identity of Invasive Weeds

Garden Weeds


Weeds are inevitable whenever you have a garden.  There are ways to curb them, but you can’t get them all.

Sometimes it is hard to tell a new weed from a new plant.  Here is a list of plants and images to help with your identification.

These are weeds relative to the mid-west.  Each part of the country has it’s own specific weeds and may be found on the website.

These are just a few of the more invasive plants.  These can take over a garden in one season.



This is an annual weed that shows up in late spring and likes warm weather.  It has a red root and needs to be pulled before it flowers

Avoid these weeds in your garden next year by covering your garden in mulch in fall. Farmer’s Almanac suggests you “cover the soil with five layers of wet newspaper and cover that with 3-6 inches of mulch.”

flowering chickweed


The annual chickweed can be eliminated by hoeing it as it has a shallow root system.  New plants will grow just from small pieces you may miss, so be deligent.  This weed needs to be removed before it goes to seed.

Lamb’s Quarters:

lambs quarter weed

This weed will sap your garden of water in the soil, so it needs to be removed early. Although it is an annual, if you don’t cover your garden with fall mulch, you may get this hardy weed the following spring.


Purslane, a weed
This is an annual weed that springs up in late spring.  It loves warm weather and good soil.  This weed can be pulled easily but needs to be pulled entirely as even a little part of its stem or leaves will produce another plant.

Shepherd’s Purse:

Shepherds purse weed

This is an annual weed that likes cool weather.  This needs to be pulled before it goes to seed.  It may look pretty, but it will take over and cling to all nearby plants until they are dead.


Buckhorn Plantain:

Buckhorn Plantain weed

This weed is a perennial that reproduces from seed, so it needs to be removed before it seeds.  This is a hardy weed that can stand cold and hot weather.  It has deep roots and will need to be dug out if you find it in your lawn or garden.



I hope this helps you discern from your pretty flowers and vegetables and invasive weeds.  If you need more information about invasive weeks, see my blog here.


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