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Weed-opedia: Florida Beggarweed

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Florida Beggarweed

Florida Beggarweed (Desmodium Tortuosum)

What does it look like?: A creeping perennial, which is covered in fine hairs that tend to stick on clothing. Each stem produces large, broad, green leaves and small clusters of light purple buds. Can grow anywhere from 3-9 feet tall.

What causes it?: The sticky bur-like seeds can hitch a ride on almost anything they touch, allowing the seeds to be dispersed all over the place.

When does it show up?: Has a long growing season of April-September

Best treatment plan: Classic herbicide treatments should kill the weed, you should seek to find an alternative treatment plan if it is close to fruit/vegetable yielding plants.  Call a professional for a free quote.

How long will it take to get rid of it?: The weed should begin to die in a matter of days, if treatment is applied correctly. However, because its seeds spread so easily, do not be surprised if the more Florida Beggarweed begins to sprout.