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weeds with black seed pods

Maybe vetch? Black pods with springy seeds and brittle weasley little roots.

Yes, there normally are.

The roots are scrawny little wandering things with nodules on them. Every last miserable little bit of them will grow.

I have photos but not sure how to upload it to this forum? It has long arching stalks that are tangled between all the other plants and small (elongated oval) leaves.

Thank you for any advice in advance.

An annual 6 to 24 inches tall with glabrous or appressed-hairy stems. Leaves are ovate, smooth to wavy-edged and tapered to the tip. Flowers resemble those of the potato and tomato and are white to pale-blue, 1/4 to 3/8 inch wide, borne in clusters. Calyx is scarcely enlarging, not cupping the fruit. It is a native of Europe, is a weed of waste places and cultivated fields. The berries frequently become mixed with harvested commodities such as dry beans and green peas, decreasing crop quality. The green (immature) fruit and foliage contain toxic alkaloids. In recent years, nightshades have become troublesome in fields where certain herbicides have been used to control other weeds but are weak on nightshade.

A perennial, 1 to 3 feet tall, spreading by rhizomes or seeds. Stems are sparsely covered with short yellow thorns. Leaves and stems are covered with dense short hairs that five the foliage a gray or silvery appearance. Leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, with entire to wavy margins. Flowers are 3/4 to 1 inch wide with violet to light blue (sometimes white) petals. The mature fruit is ayellow or dull orange berry, which may eventually turn blackish. Silverleaf nightshade is native to the central United States, but has spread to other areas where it is found on rangeland, in pastures, waste areas, and cropland. The berries and foliage are poisonous to livestock.

Canada Goldenrod

An annual with generally prostrate stems radiating in all directions from a central taproot. Main stems are usually 12 to 18 inches long with shorter secondary branches. All stems are somewhat fleshy and pliable, nearly smooth, and usually red to purple. Leaves are approximately 1/2 inch wide and oval, with the tip broader than the base. Flowers are in small congested clusters in the leaf axils. Long terminal flower spikes are absent. Seeds are shiny, black, lens-shaped and approximately twice the width of tumble pigweed seeds. Prostrate pigweed was possibly introduced from tropical America, adapting well to our area. It occurs mostly in disturbed or cultivated soils, and is often associated with tumble pig weed. it is a common garden weed.

Amaranthaceae (Pigweed family)

Solanaceae (Nightshade family)

Control: Prevent knotweed with a deep layer of mulch or apply a preemergence herbicide in spring. Once the plant grows, hand-pull or spot-treat it with a nonselective weed killer.

Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Appearance: This common lawn weed has a long taproot; leaves are deeply notched. Yellow flowers mature into puffballs. Dandelion seeds are like parachutes that fly away in the wind, helping them invade new spaces in lawns and garden beds.


Type: Broadleaf perennial

Where it grows: Dry, sunny landscape and garden areas

Where It Grows: Lawns and gardens in sun or shade

Control: Prevent pokeweed with a deep layer of mulch. Once the plant grows, hand-pull or spot-treat it with an herbicide.