Broadleaf Weed – Purple Cudweed

(Gnaphalium purpureum)

Purple Cudweed – also known as Cudweed, Chafe-weed, Catfoot, Rabbit Tobacco, Everlasting – is a biennial broadleaf weed, although it can also be a summer or winter annual. Gnaphalium purpureum is often found growing in cultivated fields, abandoned fields, prairies, thickets, rocky terrain, along stream banks, in open woods, lawns and gardens. Purple Cudweed can be found throughout much of the United States.

Identifying Purple Cudweed -

Purple Cudweed can be identified as a low-growing summer or winter annual (or frequently a biennial) forming a rosette of distinctly white, woolly foliage. The weed features elongating stems, arising from the rosette, that do not usually branch and are generally white and wooly. Its leaves are also white and wooly with wavy margins. Purple Cudweed also has a taproot with a secondary fibrous root system.

Blooming in April through June, Purple Cudweed produces purple flowers forming on small flowerheads. Reproduction is by seed.

Purple Cudweed Control -

Purple Cudweed can be found in a number of different soils and climates and is often found in lawns and gardens. The weed will not be able to compete in a well maintained lawn, so cultural weed control methods along with proper fertilization are recommended for prevention. However, once this weed is present in your lawn, professionally applied herbicides may be necessary for removal.

Purple Cudweed

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

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