Sonochus arvensis glabrescens


Corn Sow-thistle, Creeping Sow Thistle, Dindle, Field Milk Thistle, Field Sow Thistle, Gutweed, Milk Thistle, Sonchus uliginosus, Tree Sow-thistle

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Perennial
Growth Habit: Erect plant growing in clumps
Propagation: Seeds and rhizomes
Leaf Margin: Wavy or lobed
Leaf Hairs: Prickly and dentate; stems are hairless
Leaf Structure: Entire to oak-leaf shaped with two to five lobes.
Leaf Arrangement: Basal rosette of alternate leaves. Plant parts contain a milky sap.
Root Type: Rhizomes that spread by extensive horizontal roots
Flower Color: Composite flowers yellow to yellow-orange


Similar Species

  • Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
  • Lettuce, Prickly Lactuca serriola
  • Sowthistle, Annual Sonchus oleraceus
  • Sowthistle, Prickly or Spiny Sonchus asper

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Selective control option not available
  • Post Emergence: Mesotrione, 2,4-D, Dicamba, MCPP, Triclopyr, Clopyralid, Carfentrazone

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