Florida Weeds With Sticky Seeds

Not sure what weeds are in your yard? Check out our Florida Weed Identification page. We are here to help you get rid of weeds, and prevent more from growing. MOSI Outside MOSI Outside exhibits are permanently closed. This blog remains available for reference. Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Creeping Beggarweed and Long-tailed Skippers Often From crabgrass to Dandelion’s Florida has it’s fair share of weeds. In order for you to properly remove the weeds you are going to need to identify them first.

Florida Weeds With Sticky Seeds

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Creeping Beggarweed and Long-tailed Skippers

Often known as a very pesky weed, Creeping Beggarweed (Desmodium incanum) is a member of the pea family and a common sight in Tampa Bay. Often found growing in yards, in fields of crop and in road margins, this hardy weed spreads itself freely through the use of incredibly sticky seeds.

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Any person or animal that has brushed by Beggarweed has found themselves covered with seedpods that stick to hair and clothing. Later these seedpods get brushed off or pulled off and deposited elsewhere helping this drought tolerant plant to flourish in a new site.

Besides just being annoying, Beggarweed does have one particularly useful feature: it is a host for Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) and Dorantes Skippers (Urbanus dorantes). Because the plant is so widespread, these skippers are able to Flourish in the Tampa Bay area since one of their food plants is so readily available.

The Long-tailed Skipper is a spread-wing skipper that hosts on peas and beans and is also known as the Bean Leaf-roller, as the caterpillars use silk to roll leaves of their host plants into tubes to serve as protective shelters from predators. If you have ever grown beans or peas you have likely dealt with these larvae.

If you love caterpillars but want to raise some vegetables at the same time, it can be handy to have some Creeping Beggarweed around. Caterpillars on your vegetables can be transferred to the weed plant with ease and you can have your bugs and eat your beans too.

Common Weeds In Florida Lawns

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 PlantainPlantago rugelii and Plantago major

– Large, wavy-edged and rounded leaves

– Long tap root similar to Dandelion

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

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Bull ThistleCirsium vulgare

– Grow in rosette with spiny leaves

– Purple blossoms are produced in second year

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ButtonweedDiodia virginiana

– Produces shoots and seeds

– Thrives in areas of high moisture or poor drainage

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Clover (white)Trifolium repens

– Prickly seed pod

– Three oblong leaflets with serrated edges in a clover shape

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ChickweedStellaria media, common chickweed

– Numerous prostrate stems that produce roots from their nodes

– Star-like small white flowers

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CrabgrassDigitaria sp.

– Flat blades with sharp points

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

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DallisgrassPaspalum dilatatum

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

– Adapts to areas of poor drainage

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DandelionTaraxacum officnale

– Germinates during summer

– Large yellow flowers mature into round seeded puffballs

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Florida BeggarweedDesmodium tortuosum

– Can reach 9 ft. in height

– Segmented fruit that sticks to clothing

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Florida Pusley(Richardia scabra)

– 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

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

GoosegrassEleusine indica

– Leaves are folded in the bug with overlapping sheaths

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

– Broader than crabgrass

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MatchweedLippia nodiflora

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

See also  Scotts Weed Seed

– Spreads by both seeds and stolons

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NutsedgeCvperus esculents (yellow – left), Cvperus rotundus (purple – right)

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

– Yellow nutsedge has single tubers at root ends

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Pennywort (Dollarweed)Hydrocotvle verticillata

– Grows from rhizomes, tubers, and seed

– Round, approximately 1-inch diameter glossy leaves

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QuackgrassAgropyron repens

– Spike seed head resembling perennial ryegrass

– Difficult to control

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SpurgeEuphorbia maculate & E. supine

– Begins germination when soil temperatures reach 85F

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