Dog-fennel from Gloria in SC

These are growing on a hillside abutting my lawn. None of the neighboring nurseries could tell me what they are!

Dr. Hill, you are my only hope. I’ve moved from the Chicago suburbs and have never seen anything like these.

PLEASE HELP! Thank you.

Hi Gloria,


the primary plant in this image appears to be Eupatorium capillifolium, variously called Dog-fennel and Yankeeweed, as I remember.  It is a common herb in disturbed areas such as woodlands that have been cut over as well as pastures.  The plant is in the Aster family, Asteraceae, and has lots of tiny white flowers in Autumn.  It is an annual or short-lived perennial but produces hundreds of tiny seeds.  Just call me Obe-Wan Kenobi – your only hope! ; )   I hope this helps.  Sincerely,  Steve Hill



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