Broadleaf Weed – Mouse-ear Chickweed

(Cerastium vulgatum)

Also known as Large Mouseear Chickweed or simply “Mouse-ear,” Mouse-ear Chickweed is a perennial broadleaf weed that thrives in lawns and landscapes receiving moderate shade with moist, poorly drained soils. Cerastium vulgatum can be found in most of the United States and southern Canada.

Identifying Mouse-ear Chickweed -

Mouse-ear Chickweed features a prominently hairy stem that grows horizontally, although some shoots can grow upright. The leaves are also covered with small hairs. Its stems have two rows of dense hairs and root at the nodes when in contact with the soil. Mouse-ear Chickweed has a fibrous root system, allowing it to form dense mats – especially in turfgrass.

Mouse-ear Chickweed features small, white flowers with notches at the tips. It can be distinguished from Thymeleaf Speedwell by the prominent hairs on the stem and leaves.

Mouse-ear Chickweed Control -

Mouse-ear Chickweed can be controlled with simple cultural practices, including increasing soil drainage through aeration. Weed pulling and other methods of physical removal are not recommended, as they can spread the weed to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.

Mouse-ear Chickweed

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

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