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Summer Annual Weeds—Planting to First Red Fruit

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  • Black nightshade
  • Hairy nightshade
  • Barnyardgrass
  • Common lambsquarters
  • Common purslane
  • Dodder
  • Little mallow
  • Prostrate pigweed
  • Redroot pigweed
  • Tumble pigweed
  • Velvetleaf

Use the photos below to identify weeds in the field. Names link to more information on identification and biology.

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Black 
				nightshade seedling.
Black nightshade
(Solanum nigrum): Nightshade family; summer annual; seed leaves oval and pointed; first true leaves spade shaped with smooth edges; lower surfaces often purple; petioles stems and leaves with some hairs.

Hairy 
				nightshade seedling.
Hairy nightshade
(Solanum sarrachoides): Nightshade family; summer annual; seed leaves narrow, small, and lanced shaped with very short soft hairs along edges; first true leaves with wavy edges and prominent veins.

Seedling of barnyardgrass, 
				Echinochloa crus-galli.
Barnyardgrass
(Echinochloa crus-galli): Grass family; summer annual; first leaf dull gray-green; stem flattened, purplish; no ligule.
Seedling 
				of common lambsquarters, Chenopodium album.
Common lambsquarters
(Chenopodium album): Goosefoot family; summer annual; seed leaves are narrow, with nearly parallel sides; seed leaves and early true leaves dull blue-green above and often purple below.
Seedling of common 
					purslane, Portulaca oleracea.
Common purslane
(Portulaca oleracea): Purslane family; summer annual; seed leaves oblong, somewhat club shaped, succulent, maroon on lower surface, and green or maroon on upper surface; young leaves smooth, succulent, oblong, green on upper surface, maroonish underneath, and broadest around leaf tip, with short petioles.
Dodder seedling
Dodder
(Cuscuta spp.): Dodder family; summer annual; leafless or with small scalelike triangular leaves about 1/16-inch in length; stems slender, twining or threadlike; vary in color from pale green to yellow or bright orange.
Little mallow, Malva 
				parviflora, seedling.
Little mallow (cheeseweed)
(Malva parviflora): Mallow family; winter annual; seed leaves heart shaped, sometimes with red tinge; true leaves roundish with wavy, shallow-toothed margins.
Seedling of 
				prostrate pigweed, Amaranthus blitoides, at the two-leaf stage.
Prostrate pigweed
(Amaranthus blitoides): Pigweed family; summer annual; seed leaves narrow, pointed, 6 to 8 times longer than wide, with magenta undersides; first true leaves broader, with shiny upper surface and usually magenta-tinged undersides; edges somewhat rough.
Redroot 
				pigweed seedlings.
Redroot pigweed
(Amaranthus retroflexus): Pigweed family; summer annual; seed leaves long and narrow with red undersides; first true leaves with notched tips and much broader than seed leaves.
Seedling 
				of tumble pigweed, Amaranthus albus.
Tumble pigweed
(Amaranthus albus): Pigweed family; summer annual; seed leaves 3 to 5 times longer than wide, bright green on surface, magenta on underside; first true leaves spatulate, dark green with wavy margins, red color underneath; midrib with notched tip and bristle at end.
Seed leaves of velvetleaf 
				plant.
Velvetleaf
(Abutilon theophrasti): Mallow family; summer annual; seed leaves covered with fine, soft hairs; seedlings with one round seed leaf, the other sometimes slightly heart shaped; first true leaves thin and dull, light green, with prominent veins on underside.

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