Box Elder County Weed Department
Box Elder County Weed Department is dedicated to notifying the public about the importance of controlling noxious weeds and to help keep our County a beautiful place to live. According to the Utah Administrative Code it is the duty of every property owner to control and prevent the spread of noxious weeds on any land in his possession, or under his control. We invite all individuals throughout Box Elder County to join with us in the fight to control noxious weeds.

Box Elder County Weed Department is continually fighting the battle against an invasive weed called Rush Skeleton. We monitor, treat and try to control this weed throughout our spraying season. The major infestation in our county can be found between Northern Howell Valley and Promontory Summit. Rush Skeleton weed has also been found this year in South Willard, Mantua, Collinston and Plymouth. Below are some facts that can help identify this noxious weed.

Weed: Rush Skeletonweed Chondrilla juncea L.
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Roots: The plant is a deep rooted perennial, 1 to 4 feet tall
Stems: The lowermost part of the branching stem bears downward bent coarse reddish hairs. The upper stem is hairless. Cut surfaces of stems and leaves release milky sap.
Leaves: The early deciduous basal leaves are well developed 13 x 3.5 cm and strongly resemble dandelion leaves. The stem leaves are inconspicuous and linear 2 - 10 cm long.
Flowers: The flower heads are scattered along the branches commonly with 7 to 15 yellow strap-shaped flowers.
Seeds: The body of each, brown to almost black fruit 3-3.5 mm long, with five broadly rounded ribs separated by grooves. The tip of the fruit seed bears small pointed bumps then small scales at the base of a long, slender beak which bear numerous soft white bristles.

Rush skeletonweed in the flowering stage

Last years skeleton along with new green regrowth

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