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About

Pepperweed is native to Eurasia and was introduced to the United States in the 1930s in a shipment with sugar beets. The plant typically prefers disturbed habitats such as construction sites riparian areas, and wetlands.

Effects

  • Reduce biodiversity
  • Threatens habitat for other native flora and fauna
  • Negative impacts on local waterfowl and fish populations

Potential Ways to Reduce

  • Herbicides
  • Hand-pulling (must be done in specific ways to not increase spreading)

How to Identify

Pepperweed can grow to be 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide. The leaves alternate, are smooth, and have serrated edges. When the plant blooms in July, there will be white flowers at the top.