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October 26, 2016

What is the purple flowering broadleaf weed I see in my Fescue

Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule, is a winter annual weed that has leaves that are opposite, dark green and pubescent above and lighter below. The lower leaves have petioles and the upper leaves are ovate to circular. The leaf edges have rounded teeth and are crinkled at the edges.

Henbit flowers are pink to red to purple and borne in whorls in the upper leaf axils. They are up to 3/4 inch long. Henbit normally flowers April to June and occasionally in September. Henbit is often found growing in moist, fertile soils.

The main reason that the weed is present in your Fescue turf is that there is not a pre-emergent applied in the Fall due to over seeding your Fescue turf. If the property was over seed and a pre-emergent were applied then your seed would not come up. Therefore we broadcast post-emerge the weed out of your landscape in Round #2 of your program. It is a weed that is easily removed but will show up in your landscape in late winter to early spring. This is also why you see some other weeds in your Fescue turf at the beginning of the year.

If you still see the weeds after we apply Round #2 give us a call and we will return at no cost and perform a service call.