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Dysphania botrys is often confused with:
Urtica dioica Urtica dioica
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Asclepias syriaca Asclepias syriaca
Ranunculus ficaria Ficaria verna
Dianthus armeria Dianthus armeria

Ambrosia Mexicana Dysphania botrys

Previously known as:

  • Ambrosia mexicana
  • Chenopodium botrys
Phonetic Spelling
dis-FAY-nee-a BOT-trees
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Goosefoot is an annual weed that naturalizes easily and it is found in disturbed sites, like roadsides, gravel pits, empty lots and occasionally in wetland areas.  Its leaves are pinnately lobed and covered in sticky hairs.  It has many small tightly packed clusters of green-yellow flowers at the top of the stems that resembles stinging nettle.  Plant it in moist fertile soils in full sun.   Grown in hedges, or espalier it so blooms can be easily harvested for dried arrangements. It can be weedy.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#weed#weedy#espalier#hedges#naturalizes#disturbed areas#annual weed#sticky#FACU#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#weed#weedy#espalier#hedges#naturalizes#disturbed areas#annual weed#sticky#FACU#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dysphania
    Species:
    botrys
    Family:
    Amaranthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Dried
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Petaless, dense fragrant tiny green-yellow flowers June-September. Green cyalx with 5 lobes cups the flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    1/2"-1 1/2" long alternate angular pinnately lobed shallowly toothed base is wedge-shaped. Sticky glandular hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Unbranched from base, erect, ridged, sticky glandular hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, anorexia, depression
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Sesquiterpene lactones
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves