Broadleaf Weed – Centella

(Centella erecta)

Centella – also referred to as Centella asiatica, Coinwort, Asiatic Pennywort, and Spadeleaf – is a perennial broadleaf weed. Preferring moist to wet, sandy soils, Centella erecta commonly grows in lawns along streams, ponds and lakes. Centella can be found throughout much of the southeastern United States.

Identifying Centella -

Centella is a low-growing, spreading perennial forming from long rhizomes. It can be easily identified by it shovel or spade-shaped leaves that have toothed margins that are often dark-red. The leaves grow on slightly-hairy petioles and are generally oriented in an upright or vertical fashion.

Centella features short-lived, white flowers forming in clusters on short stalks at the leaf axils. Reproduction is by seed and rhizomes.

Centella Control -

Cultural weed control methods are not recommended for removing Centella, if it is present in your lawn. Because the weed grows so close to water, lawn mowing or hand pulling may not be practical options. Weed control products must be professionally chosen and applied to ensure the safety of nearby aquatic life.


Scotts LawnService recommends selective weed control treatments to fight Centella in your lawn, 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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