Broadleaf Weed – Shepherd’s Purse

(Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd’s Purse – also commonly known as Shepherds-bag, Pepper Plant, Case Weed, Shepherd's purse herb, and Pick-purse – is a winter annual broadleaf weed. Preferring highly disturbed areas, Capsella bursa-pastoris is often found in fields, pastures, thin lawns, gardens, construction sites, waste areas, and along railroads and roadsides. Shepherd’s Purse can be found throughout most of North America.

Identifying Shepherd’s Purse -

Shepherd’s Purse is a winter annual that produces a laterally growing basal rosette. Its flowering stems are mostly un-branched and its stems are vertically growing and slender, covered with gray hairs.

Each flowering stem on Shepherd’s Purse terminates in a raceme of tiny white flowers. These short-lived flowers bloom only toward the tip of the stem. The tiny flowers are only about 1/10" across, consisting of four white petals and four pale-green to white sepals. The fruit, or seedpod, is triangular to heart-shaped with two symmetrical sides. Shepherd’s purse flowers from March through November.

Shepherd’s Purse Control -

If Shepherd’s Purse is present in your lawn, cultural weed control methods – including good lawn mowing habits – can prevent further infestation by limiting seed production. However, professionally applied herbicides must be used for complete removal of existing weeds.

Shepherd's Purse

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

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