Near our house is a place we call “the path”. It’s a short stretch of paved path (from about 100 S to 500 S) next to the Lake Creek canal. Being near water, home landscapes, and a couple of ag fields it has quite the assortment of plants present.

Because I have a number of years of experience in the field of weed mapping, I feel like I must point out that the list that follows is not a complete inventory of all species present. Rather, it’s a list of the species (generally considered to be weeds) that I’ve noticed, and remembered to write down when I get home, when I’ve been exploring with my daughter. Additionally, I don’t have photos of all the weeds, but as we continue to take walks along the path I’ll add more photos and/or names to the list as I notice more species.

Species present:

  • mare’s tail (Conyza canadensis)
  • downy brome (Bromus tectorum)
  • flixweed (Descurainia sophia)
  • field pennycress (Thlapsi arvense)
  • lambsquarters (Chenopodium sp.)
  • prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)
  • houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale)
  • black mustard (Brassica nigra)
  • salsify (Tragopogon dubius)
  • feral rye (Secale cereale)
  • Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica; I believe this is the one, though it could be one of the other non-native, invasive Loniceras)
  • common mallow (Malva neglecta)
  • filaree (Erodium cicutarium)
  • bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
  • curlydock (Rumex crispus)
  • field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
  • bryony (Bryonia alba)
  • garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata; since this is a relatively new invader on Utah’s noxious weed list, I dutifully mapped it’s location on EddMaps West to let the local weed authorities know of its presence)
  • Scotch thistle (Onopordum acanthium)
  • stinging nettle (Urtica diocia; I know, I know, this is an edible plant, but seeing as how it is growing very closely to a well-trafficked path where someone might brush against it unaware, I thought I would include it)
  • burdock (Arctium minus)
  • yellow sweetclover (Melilotus officinalis)
  • tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum)
  • catchweed (Asperugo procumbens)