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Shaggy Soldier Galinsoga quadriradiata

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Galinsoga quadriradiata Cav.
  • G. aristulata
  • G. bicolorata
  • G. caracasana
  • G. ciliata
Phonetic Spelling
gal-in-SOH-guh kwad-re-rad-ee-AH-tuh
Description

This is an invasive summer annual weed with erect or sprawling stems. Leaves are opposite, roundish to triangular, 1 to 3 inches long and 1/2 to 2 inches wide. The flower heads are small with 4 to 5 white ray flowers that have yellow discs. Stems and leaves are hairy in the most common species.

This plant is generally found in meadows and naturalized areas.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#yellow#invasive#annual#summer annual#white flowers#weed#weedy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#yellow#invasive#annual#summer annual#white flowers#weed#weedy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Galinsoga
    Species:
    quadriradiata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico to S. Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Many small flowerheads with 4-5 white ray flowers with a yellow disc.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Roundish to triangular in shape
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy