Spotted knapweed is an invasive plant that outcompetes native communities, takes over pastureland, and even beats back invasive sericea lespedeza! It has arrived in our state. Let’s prevent its spread.
A single spotted knapweed plant can have a single stem or as many as 20 stems. It usually flowers in the second year, producing branched stems. The leaves are alternate, deeply lobed, and pale blue-gray.
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