Broadleaf Weed – Florida Pusley

(Richardia scabra)

Also know as Rough Mexican-clover, Florida Pusley is a summer annual broadleaf weed. Florida pusley is most often found in warm-season turfgrasses. It can be found in sandy areas and grasslands, as well as in turfgrass and along roadsides, flowering any time the temperature rises above freezing. Its range in the United States extends from Florida as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas.

Identifying Florida Pusley -

The leaves on the Florida Pusley weed are typically hairy and grow upright and opposite on stems which can also be hairy. The weed grows along the ground in thick patches and sprouts tubular, white flowers in small clusters at the ends of its branches. Florida Pusley flowers during the summer and reproduction is by seed.

Florida Pusley is not to be confused with Brazil Pusley – a perennial that can be distinguished by its woody taproot.

Florida Pusley Weed Control -

Florida Pusley is an aggressive weed that can quickly overtake a lawn of patchy, thin turfgrass. Therefore, cultural practices are an essential part of dealing with Florida Pusley. Because this summer annual grows in large, thick patches that grow low to the ground, hand-pulling can be difficult and time consuming.

Florida Pusley

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

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