Broadleaf Weed – Whitehead Broom

(Spermacoce verticillata)

Also referred to as Shrubby False Buttonweed, Whitehead Broom is a perennial broadleaf weed that thrives in open or disturbed sandy areas, especially turf, and also in pinelands. Spermacoce verticillata can be found in the southern United States, namely Florida and Texas.

Identifying Whitehead Broom -

Whitehead Broom can be identified by its multi-branched stems, rooting at the nodes. It has smooth, veiny leaves tapering to a sharp tip and a sharp base, with a short petiole. The leaves grow opposite but have also been seen to appear in whorls at the nodes.

Whitehead Broomfeatures small, white flowers forming in clusters at the upper nodes and flowers in warm months (Spring-Autumn).

Whitehead Broom Control -

Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Whitehead Broom 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 and landscaping.

Whitehead Broom

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

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