Common Lespedeza (Lespedeza Striata) What does it look like?: A trademark of this weed is its unique foliage. It always produces clusters of 3 green leaves which protrude from the stem. It also produces small dainty pink flowers that sprout at the tips of the stems. What causes it?: It thrives in soils with little nutrients and
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
Henbit (Lamium Amplexicaule) What does it look like?: Henbit is in the mint family and has the requisite square stem. Although fairly attractive, it can quickly become invasive. It prefers good soil and often appears when a lawn is thin and in the process of being established. The leaves are opposite each other, toothed, and
Burweed (Soliva Sessilis) What does it look like?: Short–only about 2 inches high and up to 6 inches wide. Has feathery foliage, with a fern-like appearance, hairy stems and prickly seed pods that can hurt when pulled or stepped on. What causes it?: Thin turf When does it show up?: Late winter/early spring. Blooms April
Buckhorn Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) What does it look like?: 1 – 2 foot tall stalks with a clump, or rosette of long oval leaves at the base, that are often twisted or curled. Produces a cone shaped seed head with tiny white flowers What causes it?: Buckthorn Plantain is spread via seed, and prefers dry
Creeping Woodsorrel (Oxalis Corniculata) What does it look like?: Short, typically no taller than 4 inches. It is a spreading perennial with 3 hairy heart-shaped leaves of reddish-purple and yellow flowers with 5 petals. What causes it?: It often comes home with you in plant nursery containers–it loves warm, moist environments, but is incredibly adaptable. It spreads through its
Black Medic (Medicago Lupulina) What does it look like?: Black Medic (also known as hop clover) is a legume with a central taproot that has several branches spreading up to 18 inches wide. It has yellow pom-pom shaped blossoms and teardrop shaped leaves. Mature flowers form a black seedpod, which is where its name comes from.