Broadleaf Weed – Eclipta

(Eclipta prostrata)

Eclipta, also sometimes referred to as False Daisy or Yerba-de-tago, is a warm season annual broadleaf weed. Eclipta prostrata prefers moist, black soils and is commonly found in poorly drained fields, ditches and lawns, in gardens, and along the banks of ponds and rivers. Eclipta can be found throughout much of the continental United States, except for in the upper northeast and northwest states.

Identifying Eclipta -

Eclipta is a warm-season annual with laterally growing stems, rooting at the nodes. The stems are reddish-purple in color and are sparsely covered in upright, white hairs. Its leaves are narrow, rough and hairy and its stems are thick, succulent and root at lower nodes.

Blooming from mid-summer through early fall, Eclipta features white flowers with many small rays in long-stalked heads. Reproduction is by seed.

Eclipta Control -

Eclipta is difficult to control with simple, cultural weed control methods alone. Although it prefers wetlands, it can also spread into dry, developed soils, including lawns and gardens. Professionally applied herbicides are the best bet for total removal.

Evening Primrose

Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Eclipta in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

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