Updated July 28, 2021

Kochia is ahead of schedule! 

This large bushy annual plant is making its presence known early this year.  Kochia is taprooted, and can grow to over 6 feet tall.  It reproduces by seed; one plant may produce over 14,000 seeds.  Refer to our fact sheet for more information and on how to best control this Class B Noxious Weed.

  • Kochia germinates late in the spring and grows through the heat of the summer.

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  • Narrow, lance-shaped leaves are alternate on the stem with soft hairs growing on the underside of the leaves.  Stems can be hairy and are often red-tinged.  They can also have light and dark green lengthwise stripes or red and green stripes on the stems. 

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  • Flowers appear greenish because they lack petals and are small and inconspicuous, growing in the leaf axils.  They are usually surrounded by clusters of hairs that are longer than the flowers.

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  • Seed dispersal range is increased when dead plants break away from roots and become tumbleweeds.  The seeds have a short life in the soil, with very few remaining viable after two years.

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Listed below are some of the most commonly found Noxious Weeds in Spokane County:

Spotted Knapweed

  • Biennial, Short-Lived Perennial
  • Purple, Pink, sometimes White Flowers

Link to Fact Sheet

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Common Bugloss

  • Biennial to Perennial
  • Blue, Purple, Pink or White Flowers

Link to Fact Sheet

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Rush Skeletonweed

  • Perennial
  • Small, Bright Yellow Flowers

Link to Fact Sheet


Canada Thistle

  • Perennial
  • Pink to Purple, occasionally White Flowers

Link to Fact Sheet

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Dalmatian Toadflax

  • Perennial
  • Yellow Flowers, similar to a Snapdragon

Link to Fact Sheet


Hoary Alyssum

  • Annual to weak Perennial
  • White Flowers with Notched Petals

Link to Fact Sheet

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Scotch Thistle

  • Biennial - Grows to 8 ft
  • Dark Pink to Purple Flowers with Long, Spiny Bracts at Base

Link to Fact Sheet

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Leafy Spurge

  • Perennial
  • Taproots can Extend 20 Feet Deep

Link to Fact Sheet

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  • Annual
  • Flowers are inconspicuous, greenish and lack petals

Link to Fact Sheet


Click on "Noxious Weed List" in the green bar to the left to view more weeds or refer to the "Information and Publications" section for fact sheets on the individual noxious weeds and for additional information.

Noxious Weed Control Board 
Our mission is to act as responsible stewards of the land and resources in Spokane County.

We will preserve the productivity and diversity of agricultural land and natural resources in the most cost efficient manner, from the impact of noxious weeds. We will also protect human health and environment by promoting the implementation of Integrated Pest Management control measures.
Identification and control of Class A weeds and Class B Designates weeds will be a priority and we will attempt to reduce the impact of Class B and Class C weeds to a lower level of significance. View our Noxious Weed List or our list of Weeds of Concern.

What Is a Noxious Weed?

They are non-native plants that have been introduced to Spokane County through human actions.

Due to their aggressive growth and lack of natural enemies, these species can be highly destructive, competitive, or difficult to control.

Noxious Weeds are Everyone's Problem

Noxious weeds are everyone's problem and they can not only reduce crop yields, and destroy native plant and animal habitat, they can damage recreational sites, clog waterways, lower land values, and poison humans and livestock.

The Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board can assist you with identifying noxious weeds and give you advice on their control.