Broadleaf Weed – Carolina False Dandelion

(Pyrrhopappus carolinianus)

Carolina False Dandelion – also known as Carolina Desert-Chicory – is a winter annual or biennial. Pyrrhopappus carolinianus is commonly found in woodlands, thickets, pastures, waste areas, thin areas of lawns, and along roadsides and railroads. Carolina False Dandelion thrives throughout much of the southern and mid-western United States.

Identifying Carolina False Dandelion -

Carolina False Dandelion is easy to identify, with its vertically growing, branched flowering stems. The weed has basal leaves forming a rosette, and also has sharply pointed leaves alternating on its stems.

Carolina False Dandelion produces bright yellow flowers, similar to dandelion, on the ends of its vertical, flowering stems. The seeds have a long stalk and a parachute of hairs at top, forming a “puff ball.” Reproduction is by wind-dispersed seeds.

Carolina False Dandelion Control -

Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) of Carolina False Dandelion is generally ineffective, due to the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping as well as the inability to fully remove the root system.

Carolina False Dandelion

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Carolina False Dandelion in your lawn, which ensures the weed control is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

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