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asiatic hawksbeard

Q: What is the weed that has big leaves at the bottom; puts up a thin stalk with a cluster of little yellow flowers at the top? It is not a dandelion. I see it every where now.

A:  I believe you are describing Asiatic Hawksbeard, Youngia japonica.  This is classified as a cool season annual although it has been known to survive our winters.  It’s only means of reproduction is by seed so if you can pull it up before it produces a flower or use a weedeater, this weed is not too difficult to control.  It is common in Florida, found as far north as Pennsylvania and west to Louisiana.  It is a native of Southeast Asia.