Broadleaf Weed – Carpetweed

(Mollugo verticillata)

Carpetweed – also known as Indian Chickweed, Whorled Chickweed, and Devils grip – is a summer annual broadleaf weed. Mollugo verticillata thrives in disturbed areas and is often found in waste areas, glades, newly seeded or thin lawn turfs, and along railroads and roadsides. Carpetweed thrives throughout much of the United States and Canada.

Identifying Carpetweed -

Carpetweed is a small, many-branched annual growing horizontally in circular mats. Its leaf surfaces are dull green and smooth with pale undersides and are pinkish brown in color toward the base. The stems are smooth and the root system consists of a sparsely branched taproot.

Blooming from May through November, Carpetweed features small white flowers with five petals, each with three green vertical lines running through them. Reproduction is by seed.

Carpetweed Control -

The combination of its quick, low-to-the-ground growth habits and preference for thin turfs make Carpetweed a frequent pest of newer lawns. Removal by cultural weed control methods can be difficult and professionally applied control products are recommended.


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

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