Shepherdspurse is a winter annual. It forms basal leaves as well as alternating stem leaves. The basal leaves are deeply lobed, pointing away from the base. The root of shepherdspurse is a slender taproot, combined with secondary fibrous roots. The flowers of shepherdspurse are white and borne on erect stems that can branch sparingly. The flowers will appear in terminal clusters. The heart-shaped fruit is a 2-part flattened pod, on individual petioles. The seedpods develop along the erect stems. Flowering can occur from April to September. Shepherdspurse spreads by seed. Shepherdspurse is found throughout the United States.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCarty. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.
Make your post-emergence herbicide application to shepherdspurse that is actively growing and that is in the seedling to flower stage of growth.
Bensumec® 4LF Pre-emergent Grass & Weed 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