Skeleton Weed

Europe, West Asia

General description

Perennial herb with one to several erect, branched stems <90cm tall. Flowering stems almost leafless. Dandelion-like leaves form basal rosette. Small yellow flowerheads (Dec-Mar) at end of branchlets. Seeds have a group of white downy hairs at one end & a ‘tooth’ that hooks that help dispersal.

Pasture & crop areas.

Parachute-like seeds dispersed by wind & by sticking to to wool, fur, clothing & machinery. Spread vegetatively by root fragments.

Serious crop & pasture weed, competing for both moisture & nutrients especially in spring. Wiry stems choke harvesting equipment.

Site management

Vigorous plant & its very deep root system make it difficult to control.

Recommended approaches

1. Spray (60ml Tordon Gold/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
skeleton weed - Main species image