Kochia scoparia

Commonly known as burning bush, ragweed, summer cypress, mock-cypress

Kochia is an annual weed introduced from Eurasia. It can vary in color and form making it hard to sometimes identify. Often found in desert and brushland environments, Kochia has made its way into urban flowerbeds and landscaping, but it easily escapes and can germinate in unwanted areas. The seeds will only last a year outside of the plant however it spreads very easily via wind, water and as a tumbleweed.

Kochia has a shallow taproot and can be easily pulled or hoed out at early growth stages. Tilling spoil can prevent young plants from maturing. Both selective and non-selective herbicides are effective against growth.

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