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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Weeds in turfgrass - Listed by scientific name

Find out more about weeds that occur in turfgrass.

See also, Weeds in turfgrass listed by

Common name | Family name

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Broadleaves | Grasses and sedges

Scientific name Common name
Achillea millefolium Yarrow, common
Amaranthus deflexus Amaranth, low
Anagallis arvensis Pimpernel, scarlet
Bellis perennis Daisy, English
Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare Chickweed, mouseear

Chamaesyce maculata

Spurge, spotted

Chamaesyce serpens Spurge, creeping
Convolvulus arvensis Bindweed, field
Coronopus didymus Swinecress (wartcress)
Cotula australis Brassbuttons, Southern
Dichondra repens Dichondra
Erodium moschatum Filaree, whitestem
Geranium dissectum Geranium, cutleaf
Gnaphalium purpureum Cudweed, purple
Hydrocotyle sp. Pennywort
Hypochaeris radicata
Catsear, spotted
Lactuca serriola Lettuce, prickly
Lamium amplexicaule Henbit
Malva parviflora Mallow, little
Medicago lupulina Medic, black
Medicago polymorpha Burclover, California
Modiola caroliniana Mallow, bristly
Oxalis corniculata Woodsorrel, creeping
Picris echioides Oxtongue, bristly
Plantago lanceolata Plantain, buckhorn
Plantago major Plantain, broadleaf
Polygonum arenastrum Knotweed, common
Portulaca oleracea Purslane, common
Prunella vulgaris Healall (selfheal)
Rumex acetosella Sorrel, red
Rumex crispus Dock, curly
Sagina procumbens Pearlwort, birdseye
Sherardia arvensis Madder, field
Soliva sessilis
Burweed, lawn (spurweed)
Stellaria media Chickweed, common
Taraxacum officinale Dandelion
Trifolium repens Clover, white
Veronica persica Speedwell, birdseye (Persian speedwell)
Grasses and sedges*
Scientific name Common name
Agrostis spp. Bentgrasses
Cynodon dactylon Bermudagrass
Cyperus esculentus Nutsedge, yellow
Digitaria ischaemum Crabgrass, smooth
Digitaria sanguinalis Crabgrass, large
Echinochloa crus-galli Barnyardgrass
Eleusine indica Goosegrass
Holcus mollis Velvetgrass, German
Hordeum murinum ssp. leporinum Barley, hare
Kyllinga brevifolia Kyllinga, green
Lolium multiflorum Ryegrass, Italian (annual ryegrass)
Paspalum dilatatum Dallisgrass
Pennisetum clandestinum Kikuyugrass

Poa annua

Bluegrass, annual
Setaria pumila Foxtail, yellow

*For identifying turfgrass species, use the turfgrass key.

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