Matchweed is a mat-forming perennial with opposing leaves on hairy branching stems. Leaves have small teeth at the outer tip. The purple to white flowers emerge around the tip of the seed stalk forming a “match head” appearance. Matchweed spreads by both seeds and stolons along prostrate stems. Matchweed occurs from the transition zone to the southern coastal areas and beyond, including Hawaii, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCarty. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.
Use a selective post-emergence herbicide suitable for the turf species infested. For optimum control, make your herbicide application when matchweed is actively growing and in the four leaf to flower stage of growth.
Pronto Vegetation Killer
PowerZone® Broadleaf Herbicide
Q4® Plus Turf Herbicide for Grassy & Broadleaf Weeds
SpeedZone® Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
SpeedZone® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
SpeedZone® Southern EW Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
Super Trimec® Broadleaf Herbicide
Surge® Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
Trimec® 1000 Low Odor Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® 992 Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Bentgrass Formula Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Classic Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Encore® Broadleaf Herbicide
Trimec® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Sensitive Southern Grasses
TZone SE Broadleaf Herbicide for Tough Weeds