With lobed foliage and a vining growth habit, these Weeds that Look like Pumpkin Plants will confuse between the two!
These Weeds that Look like Pumpkin Plants can mix up with and ruin your thriving pumpkin patch. Here’s how you can tell them apart!
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Weeds that Look like Pumpkin Plants
Botanical Name: Abutilon theophrasti
With its heart-shaped and slightly velvety foliage, Velvetleaf is sure to confuse you between the two. Plus, the leaves are broad with serrated edges, similar to young pumpkin plants.
2. Wild Cucumber
Botanical Name: Echinocystis lobata
Wild cucumber’s broad, triangular leaves bear a resemblance to pumpkin foliage. However, there is a catch—these are thinner and more delicate than pumpkin leaves.
3. Buffalo Bur
Botanical Name: Solanum rostratum
This one can mislead you due to its spiny and lobed nature that resembles the rough texture of pumpkin leaves. However, the elongated and pointed nature of its leaves will help you differentiate.
4. Bur Cucumber
Botanical Name: Sicyos angulatus
The Bur Cucumber’s leaves are somewhat like pumpkin, but when you look closely, you will see that these possess a slightly rougher texture.
5. Carolina Horsenettle
Botanical Name: Solanum carolinense
The lobed foliage of Carolina Horsenettle shares similarities with pumpkin, and an easy way for you to distinguish them is by observing the serration on the edges of the leaves.
Botanical Name: Xanthium strumarium
Cocklebur’s broad, heart-like leaves look like a rougher and hairier version of pumpkin leaves. This distinct texture sets them apart from the smoother pumpkin leaves.
7. Common Lambsquarters
Botanical Name: Chenopodium album
Think of these as look-alikes to pumpkin leaves with their broad base. But you can spot the difference easily because they’re lighter in color and have a kind of powdery feel to them.
8. Giant Ragweed
Botanical Name: Ambrosia trifida
The leaves of giant ragweed have deep cuts in them and might trick you into thinking they’re pumpkin leaves. But, they are way bigger—hence the name ‘giant’ – which is a giveaway that they’re a different plant.
9. Hairy Nightshade
Botanical Name: Solanum sarrachoides
This one has heart-shaped leaves that might remind you of pumpkin leaves. But, if you look closely, you’ll notice the leaves are kind of fuzzy—that’s your clue they’re not pumpkin.
Botanical Name: Datura stramonium
Jimsonweed’s leaves are big and have deep lobes, similar to pumpkin leaves. But they are more stretched out and have wavy edges, unlike their competitor.
Botanical Name: Marah oreganus
Manroot vine’s leaves look a lot like pumpkin leaves. However, on noticing its small white flowers, you will easily tell this one apart from pumpkins.
12. Morning Glory
Botanical Name: Ipomoea spp.
Some types of morning glory have leaves that look like they could be from a pumpkin plant. But, these are famous for their bright, showy flowers, so they’re pretty easy to identify.
13. Black Nightshade
Botanical Name: Solanum nigrum
With its heart-shaped leaves and serrated edges, Black Nightshade can resemble young pumpkin plants. However, its darker green leaves and the production of clustered berries distinguish it.