Virginia Peppergrass, also commonly known as Virginia Pepperweed, Virginia Peppercress, Poor-man’s Pepper and Pepper-grass, can be either a winter or summer annual weed. Lepidium virginicum can be found in areas of thin, low-maintenance turf, including waste areas, and it prefers dry areas that receive a lot of sun. This winter or summer annual has been found throughout the United States and much of Canada.
Identifying Virginia Peppergrass -
Virginia Peppergrass can be identified by its basal rosette of deeply lobed leaves. The vertically growing, branched stems develop in early spring, and are covered with tiny hairs. Its basal and lower leaves lack hairs and are pinnately lobed. Additionally, the basal leaves do not persist on mature plants. The name “Pepper-grass” (or “Pepperweed”) comes from the fact that young leaves and mature capsules have a peppery taste.
Blooming from May through early summer, Virginia Peppergrass features finger-like clusters of white flowers forming at the top of the plant. Reproduction is by seed and this winter or summer annual has a slender taproot with secondary fibrous roots.
Virginia Peppergrass Control -
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Virginia Peppergrass by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn.
Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Virginia Peppergrass in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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