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Extension > Garden > Diagnose a problem > Is this plant a weed? > Broadleaf Weeds > Vining > Dodder

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Cuscuta sp. L.

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain

Found in:

  • Landscape plantings, shrub borders, foundation plantings, and flower and vegetable gardens


  • Twining, stem climbing, parasitic annual vine
  • Yellow to reddish-brown, thread-like stems
  • Stems develop suckers that penetrate host plant
  • Leaves are very small and scale-like or absent
  • Small yellow to white flowers


  • Federal Noxious Weed that spreads rapidly forming large mats
  • Parasitic plant with no roots; lives on nutrients from host plant
  • Seeds may remain dormant in soil for several years

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