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Home > Plants, Pests & Pest Control > Pest Management > Noxious & Invasive Weed Program > Minnesota Noxious Weeds > Meadow Knapweed > Knapweed Differences

Distinguishing meadow knapweed from spotted knapweed


Leaf shape
The easiest way to distinguish the species is by the leaf shape and color.

Meadow knapweed leaf
Meadow knapweed leaf
Spotted knapweed leaf
Spotted knapweed leaf

Flower
The flowers of both species look similar, but meadow knapweed flowers appear more pink.

Meadow knapweed flower 
Meadow knapweed flower
Spotted knapweed flower
Spotted knapweed flower

Growth form
Meadow knapweed has a more upright growth form than spotted

Meadow knapweed plant
Meadow knapweed plant
Spotted knapweed plant 
Spotted knapweed plant

Habitat
Meadow knapweed prefers cooler and wetter conditions than spotted knapweed.