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Common Weeds In Florida Lawns

Originally Posted on October 01, 2020 by Everglades Equipment Group

The first step to controlling those pesky weeds in your lawn is correctly identifying them. Here is a short guide to help you do that.

Broadleaf Plantain - Plantago rugelii and Plantago major

- Perennial

- Large, wavy-edged and rounded leaves

- Long tap root similar to Dandelion

Broadleaf Plantain

(image source: http://agron-www.agron.iastate.edu/)


Bull Thistle - Cirsium vulgare

- Biennial

- Grow in rosette with spiny leaves

- Purple blossoms are produced in second year

 

Bull Thistle

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Buttonweed - Diodia virginiana 

- Perennial 

- Produces shoots and seeds

- Thrives in areas of high moisture or poor drainage

 

Buttonweed

(image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mom-mu/236175868)

 

Clover (white) - Trifolium repens

- Perennial

- Prickly seed pod

- Three oblong leaflets with serrated edges in a clover shape

White Clover

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Chickweed Stellaria media, common chickweed

- Annual

- Numerous prostrate stems that produce roots from their nodes

- Star-like small white flowers

 

Chickweed

(image source: http://thegreenskeeperlawn.com/)

 

Crabgrass - Digitaria sp.

- Annual

- Flat blades with sharp points

- Seed head composed of three to ten finger- like racemes or spikes

 

Crabgrass

(image source: http://www.fertilome.com/)

 

Dallisgrass - Paspalum dilatatum

- Perennial 

- 1/2” wide yellow-green, coarse leaf blade

- Adapts to areas of poor drainage

 

Dallisgrass

(image source: http://fmcturfadvisor.com/)

 

Dandelion - Taraxacum officnale 

- Perennial

- Germinates during summer

- Large yellow flowers mature into round seeded puffballs

 

Dandelion

(image source: http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/)

 

Florida Beggarweed - Desmodium tortuosum

- Summer annual

- Can reach 9 ft. in height

- Segmented fruit that sticks to clothing

 

Florida Beggarweed

(image source: http://www.oblawncare.com/)

 

Florida Pusley - (Richardia scabra)

- Summer annual

- Flowers are white and grow in clips at the end of the stems

- Flower is star-shaped with six connected parts to form a tube

Florida Pusley

(image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildflowersflorida/6173885940)

 

Goosegrass - Eleusine indica

- Annual

- Leaves are folded in the bug with overlapping sheaths

- Seed head forms with up to ten finger-like spikes

- Broader than crabgrass

 

Goosegrass

(image source: http://mylawndoctor.us/)

 

Matchweed - Lippia nodiflora

- Perennial

- Purple and white flowers that emerge at the tip of the seed stalk

- Spreads by both seeds and stolons

Matchweed

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Nutsedge - Cvperus esculents (yellow - left), Cvperus rotundus (purple - right)

- Perennial

- Also known as nutgrass (but is not a grass)

- Yellow nutsedge has single tubers at root ends

Nutsedge

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Pennywort (Dollarweed) - Hydrocotvle verticillata

- Perennial

- Grows from rhizomes, tubers, and seed

- Round, approximately 1-inch diameter glossy leaves

Pennywort

(image source: http://gogtn.org/)

 

Quackgrass - Agropyron repens

- Perennial

- Blue-green, rough-bladed

- Spike seed head resembling perennial ryegrass

- Difficult to control

 

Quackgrass

(image source: http://www.wildflowerfarm.com/)

 

Spurge - Euphorbia maculate & E. supine

- Annual

- Begins germination when soil temperatures reach 85F

- Small, oval, opposite leaves vary from dark green to red with a brown blotch on the surface

- Prolific seed producer

 

Spurge

(image source: http://www.msuturfweeds.net/)

 

Yellow Woodsorrel - Oxalic stricta

- Annual to short lived perennial

- Pale green, heart-shaped leaves of three

- Abundant seeds produced

 

Yellow Woodsorrel

(image source: http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/)

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