Broadleaf Weed – Chamberbitter

(Phyllanthus urinaria)

Chamberbitter, also commonly known as Phyllanthus urinaria, Gripeweed, Leafflower, and Mascarene Island Leaf-flower – is a summer annual broadleaf weed. Phyllanthus urinaria can be found in turfgrass, gardens, nurseries and disturbed areas. Chamberbitter thrives in many of the southeastern United States.

Identifying Chamberbitter -

Chamberbitter is a small, vertically growing summer annual with angled or grooved stems. Its leaves are arranged in two rows on the alternate branchlets. This weed becomes woody as the plant matures.

Chamberbitter produces green, warty, fruit that forms without a stalk and is singly attached to the underside of the branch. Reproduction is by seeds, which explode outward from the plant onto the surrounding areas.

Chamberbitter Control -

Chamberbitter grows in turfgrass, so it is often found in lawns and other landscaped areas. Cultural weed control methods – such as hand pulling – can remove individual plants, but can’t destroy the seeds, which can spread considerable distances from each plant.

Chamberbitter - Broadleaf Weed

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

Scotts LawnService is the trusted industry leader for professional quality lawn care. Our exclusive lawn care products include premium grass seeds and professional-grade fertilizers; our lawn service teams are made up of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Chamberbitter control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, fuller lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.