Broadleaf Weed – Florida Betony

(Stachys floridana)

Florida Betony – also commonly referred to as Rattlesnake Weed, Florida Hedgenettle and Hedgenettle – is a perennial broadleaf weed. Stachys floridana is commonly found in fields, turfgrasses, lawns and gardens. Florida Betony can be found in many southern United States.

Identifying Florida Betony -

Florida Betony is a freely branching perennial, growing from slender underground stems with segmented white tubers resembling a “rattlesnake’s rattle”. Its leaves are long-stalked, usually with a nearly flat base and its stems are square, and can be either smooth or hairy.

In bloom, Florida Betony features white to pinkish flowers with purple spots. Flowers are 10-11 mm long and occur in clusters at the top of the vertically growing, flowering stems. Reproduction is primarily by tubers.

Florida Betony Control -

Cultural weed control methods are often ineffective in removing Florida Betony from a lawn or other turfgrass area. It can be difficult to determine if all of the tubers have been removed during hand pulling.

Florida Betony

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

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