We were at a restaurant yesterday and on their very large patio between almost every paver were these tiny weed seedlings. Here at EcoTurf, we study weeds but immature ones often do not look like the more easily recognizable adult weeds. I couldn’t rest until I knew what they were. Jordan cracked the code today because we found some bigger versions. Kochia, Kochia, Kochia everywhere. I couldn’t believe how much of it was at that restaurant.
How does Kochia spread? A single Kochia plant can produce up to 40,000 seeds in one year! Mature Kochia plants become tumbleweeds (though there are more than one type of tumbleweed) which spread their seeds far and wide. If you live in Northern Colorado, you have hit one of these on a windy day, and spreading those seeds when you hit it. If you notice the leaves of the plant are very hairy and silvery in color. This is a very invasive species and should be taken care of before they start to seed. Go here to see a picture of a mature plant. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/06314.html
In the pic below, you see two other dreaded weeds, do you know what they are? Comment below!
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