Dodder #804833

Asked August 05, 2022, 3:04 PM EDT

If there is a large patch of dodder on the side of the road in Maryland should it be reported to anyone so that it can be removed?

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

There is probably no need: several species of Dodder (genus Cuscuta) occur in Maryland and most if not all of those encountered are native (some are even rare or threatened in the state). They do not need removal unless they are growing as a weed in a private garden, and even then they cannot be extricated from the host plant without killing the host in the process. Although the non-native Dodder species are on the Federal Noxious Weed list, these regulations focus on interstate movement or the import of the listed plants from outside the U.S. Identifying Dodders to exact species is difficult, though identifying its host might narrow-down the possibilities.

Mira Talabac Replied August 05, 2022, 4:50 PM EDT

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