Broadleaf Weed – Matchweed

(Lippia nodiflora)

Matchweed – also known as Phyla nodifl ora, Mat Lippia, Match-head, Capeweed, and Turkey-tangle – is a perennial broadleaf weed. Occurring in low moist areas in open woods and turf, Lippia also prefers open sandy areas and can be found on stream banks and pond margins. Matchweed thrives throughout much of the United States, except for the northernmost states.

Identifying Matchweed -

Matchweedis a mat forming perennial with hairy, lateral stems that are freely branched and rooting at the nodes. Its leaves grow opposite and feature small teeth at the outer tip.

Blooming from May through October, Matchweed features flowers that are rose-purple or white in color. They form in a head at the tip of a long stalk, resembling the head of a match (hence the name “matchweed”). Reproduction is by seeds and stolons.

Matchweed Control -

Due to its growth and reproduction habits, cultural weed control methods are not the best way to handle Matchweed in your lawn or garden. Matchweed can root at the nodes, allowing it to spread quickly throughout high traffic areas. Professionally applied herbicides are the best option for removal.


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

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