Taking a closer look

Many of you may have seen the new banner picture showing the Athens County Extension sign, but how many of you zoomed in to see what was growing at the bottom. Take a closer look. Can you name that plant?

 

 

 

It is horse nettle, a common weed in pastures, and it is in bloom. It is spiny and will produce a small orange fruit later on. Unlike many of our other weeds which are best controlled when they are very young, this weed is best controlled when it is blooming. Most pasture weed control products do a great job with this weed. For the homeowner a product containing 2,4-D or dicamba or the end of a hoe will do the job.

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