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Pigweed, Redroot

Other names: Green or rough pigweed, Chinaman’s green, wild beet
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland, pastures, forages, landscapes and roadsides throughout the U.S.
General description: Erect plant that can grow up to 6½ feet high. It is a prolific seed producer.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are narrow and green to reddish. Hypocotyls are usually hairless and red.
True leaves: Alternate, ovate with wavy margins and with hairy veins on the lower leaf surfaces.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are small and green and occur in compact clusters along a spike that is 2" to 8" long. Fruit is a single-seeded bladder that is small, wrinkles when dry and splits open in the middle.

 

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