Invasive Plant

Rush skeletonweed

Chondrilla juncea

About This Species

Rush skeletonweed is a perennial plant native to Eurasia that invades rangelands, roadsides and disturbed areas. It competes with other plants for soil moisture and nutrients. Plants may produce up to 20,000 seeds per year, that can travel easily with wind and water, as well as on animals, humans and machinery such as a farming equipment. This plant also spreads by horizontal roots.

How to Identify

Rush skeletonweed grows up to 1.3 m tall, and has many wiry, branched stems that have reddish, down-turned hairs at the base. Barely visible narrow leaves give this plant a skeleton-like appearance. It has small yellow flowers that are flat and toothed across the end.

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Hand-pulling can be used on small infestations, but repeated treatments will likely be necessary due to the plant’s extensive root system.
Note that cutting and mowing Rush skeletonweed is ineffective.

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