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Weeds in turfgrass

Find out more about weeds that occur in turfgrass.

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Weeds in turfgrass listed by

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Broadleaves | Grasses and sedges

Common name Scientific name
Amaranth, low Amaranthus deflexus
Bindweed, field Convolvulus arvensis
Brassbuttons, Southern Cotula australis
Burclover, California Medicago polymorpha
Burweed, lawn (spurweed) Soliva sessilis
Catsear, spotted Hypochaeris radicata
Chickweed, common Stellaria media
Chickweed, mouseear Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare
Clover, white Trifolium repens
Cudweed, purple Gnaphalium purpureum
Daisy, English Bellis perennis
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Dichondra Dichondra repens
Dock, curly Rumex crispus
Filaree, whitestem Erodium moschatum
Geranium, cutleaf Geranium dissectum
Healall (selfheal) Prunella vulgaris
Henbit Lamium amplexicaule
Knotweed, common Polygonum arenastrum
Lettuce, prickly Lactuca serriola
Madder, field
Sherardia arvensis
Mallow, bristly Modiola caroliniana
Mallow, little Malva parviflora
Medic, black Medicago lupulina
Oxtongue, bristly Picris echioides
Pearlwort, birdseye Sagina procumbens
Hydrocotyle sp.
Pimpernel, scarlet Anagallis arvensis
Plantain, broadleaf Plantago major
Plantain, buckhorn Plantago lanceolata
Purslane, common Portulaca oleracea
Sorrel, red Rumex acetosella
Speedwell, birdseye (Persian speedwell) Veronica persica
Spurge, creeping Chamaesyce serpens
Spurge, spotted Chamaesyce maculata
Swinecress (wartcress) Coronopus didymus
Woodsorrel, creeping Oxalis corniculata
Yarrow, common Achillea millefolium

Grasses and sedges*
Common name Scientific name
Barley, hare Hordeum murinum ssp. leporinum
Barnyardgrass Echinochloa crus-galli
Bentgrasses Agrostis spp.
Bermudagrass Cynodon dactylon
Bluegrass, annual Poa annua
Crabgrass, large Digitaria sanguinalis
Crabgrass, smooth Digitaria ischaemum
Dallisgrass Paspalum dilatatum
Foxtail, yellow Setaria pumila
Goosegrass Eleusine indica


Pennisetum clandestinum
Kyllinga, green Kyllinga brevifolia
Nutsedge, yellow Cyperus esculentus
Ryegrass, Italian (annual ryegrass) Lolium multiflorum
Velvetgrass, German Holcus mollis

*For identifying turfgrass species, use the turfgrass key.


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