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Spotted knapweed

Life cycle: Biennial (sometimes perennial)
Found in: Pastures, hay fields, roadsides and turfgrass.
General description: A slender wiry plant with a basal rosette and pink or purple flowers.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are narrow at the base and rounded at the ends.
True leaves: About 6" long, deeply lobed and form a basal rosette the first year. In the second year, leaves alternate on stems and are hairy and finely dissected.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers bloom alone at the ends of branches. They are pink or purple and spring from a cone. Fruit is dry and light green or brown.

Special note: Invasive plant.

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