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Eh? Weed of the month

No. This has nothing to do with the recently passed legislation dealing with medical marijuana in the state; it has to do with Dalmatian toadflax.

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Dalmatian toadflax is a short-lived perennial with waxy, bluish-green stems and leaves. The weed has yellow flowers, sometimes with orange centers, arranged on spikes that look similar to a snapdragon. The plant can grow to 4 feet. It prefers sunny areas with well-drained, coarse-textured soils. Dalmatian toadflax spreads by seed and by lateral roots.

The weed has recently been discovered in Cook County. Herbicides have a tough time breaking through the waxy leaves, so hand pulling individual plants is recommended in light or moist soils that allow removal of the entire root, but gloves should be worn for all hand pulling.