|by Tyler Goss
Spotted Knapweed is a biennial or short lived perennial plant of the Asteraceae family native to Eurasia. It looks similar to the scotch thistle plant, but grows thinner, has smaller flower heads, and branches out much more. The flower head is round shaped with pink colored flower. It is much taller than other knapweeds. The plant itself is a blue green color.
|Spotted Knapweed (also known as “pioneer plant”) can be found in every Oregon and Idaho county, often found in disturbed soils common to ephemeral and dry stream beds. It can easily be controlled with common herbicides such as 2,4-d. Mechanical controls should start before flowering.|