Spiky, Thorny Weed ID?

afbq(7)April 9, 2013

These little suckers are growing everywhere in my garden bed. I just pulled out 15 or so. As you can see, they are spiky and thorny. What are they?

This one that I pulled out.

THANK YOU!!

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

I suspect Canada thistle.

If so, dig them out rather than pull and break them off. If Canada thistle, you'll see they are connected by underground runners.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:54PM
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afbq(7)

YIKES! I popped them out, sorta like dandelions. I did not see runners, but maybe that was deeper in the ground.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:42PM
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Altito

in these pictures they almost look like sow thistles. you'll be able to tell for yourself by the sharp spines. if it's a true thistle, those spines will always be sharp where as the sow thistle isnt that sharp to begin with, and they go limp shortly after picking it. If it's sow thistle, you've found yourself a fine salad green.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:47PM
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afbq(7)

I'm fairly certain they stay sharp after I pull them. Last year I grabbed them a few days after pulling them and the spines went through my glove. Ouch!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:37PM
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