Plant of the Day, Galinsoga ciliata, Quickweed or Shaggy Soldier

Galinsoga ciliata_1727

I observed dozens of this plant within a wetland that I was monitoring.  it is a fast-growing summer annual, and all parts of the plant are edible and nutritious.  It is considered a weed of vegetable crops and is identified via its tiny flowers of five parts, having three toothed rays and yellow center disks.  The stems and leaves are hairy/shaggy.


The plant is native to Central America (makes sense that I saw it in Montgomery County, MD), and is considered an alien invasive within the United States.  The plant has a preference for moist conditions.