Rush skeletonweed identification and control
Legal status in King County, Washington
Class B noxious weed. Property owners in King County are required to control this plant. For more information on noxious weed regulations and definitions, see Noxious weed lists and laws.
Biology and morphologyRush skeletonweed is a perennial with many branched, wiry stems that range from 1 to 4 feet tall. The rosette leaves resemble common dandelion and are hairless with deep, irregular teeth that point back toward the leaf base; they wither by flowering time. The plant has milky juice; coarse, reddish downward-pointing hairs at the base of the single flowering stem; and small yellow flowers and plumed seeds that ride the wind. It thrives in well-drained sandy or gravelly soils and has invaded extensive areas of shallow silt loam soils in other areas as well. In addition to deep (8+ feet) taproots, it has lateral roots that produce daughter rosettes. Plants also grow from buds on root fragments cut by cultivation or other equipment.
Additional information on rush skeletonweed
- Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board (external link)
What to do if you find this plant in King County, Washington
Please notify us if you see rush skeletonweed growing in King County. Our program staff can provide the property owner or appropriate public agency with site-specific advice on how best to remove it. Also, because rush skeletonweed is not established in King County, we have an opportunity to stop it from spreading if we act quickly. We map all known locations of regulated noxious weeds such as rush skeletonweed in order to help us and others locate new infestations in time to control them.
Report rush skeletonweed in King County, Washington
- Please notify us through our online infestation form
Locate rush skeletonweed in King County, Washington
- Use our interactive noxious weed map and search for rush skeletonweed
Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact staff, see the Noxious Weed Control Program Directory, send an email, or call 206-477-WEED (206-477-9333).