(Alternanthera pungens)

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Also Known As:

Matt Chafflower

Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.



Khakiweed is an annual or perennial, depending on the location, which develops from a thick taproot. The stems of khakiweed are covered with hair. Khakiweed has a prostrate growth habit. The leaves of khakiweed form opposite and are round to oblong with the tip being the widest part. Khakiweed reproduces from seeds. The flowers are white and form in stiff spiny heads, solitarily, or in groups of 2 to 3. The flowers form at the nodes. Flowering occurs during the summer months. Khakiweed is a warm season weeds that occurs in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and New Mexico. Internationally it has been found in parts of Africa and on Pacific islands. 


Germination Dates

8: February
9: February
10: February

Cultural Practices

Khakiweed is found in the most southern hot humid portion of the United States. It is found in sandy soils. It can be found in turf, pastures and roadsides. Khakiweed is not controlled by mowing due to its prostrate growth habit.

Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application to khakiweed that is young and actively growing.

Gordon's Control Recommendations:



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