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Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa). This is a short-lived, introduced weed species that rapidly invades open fields and and meadows and causes serious decline in forage and crop production. This perennial reproduces solely by seed germination from spring through autumn with 1,000 or more seeds contained per plant. The seeds can remain active in the soil for 5 years or more, so infestation may occur a number of years after vegetative plants have been eliminated.

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