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How to Identify Perennial Pepperweed
Perennial pepperweed characteristics:
Pepperweed can be confused with marsh elder (Iva frutescens).
Marsh elder characteristics:
Pepperweed in rosette form:
When pepperweed begins new growth, it is in a rosette form and will remain in this state for several weeks before the stem grows. The rosette form can be confused with common plantain, which is a native species. Plaintain has long, parallel veins and a trough-like stem.
Pepperweed in winter:
Pepperweed cannot be pulled during the winter, though it can be mapped, as the plant stalk from the previous season remains standing. To identify pepperweed during winter look for the following:
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