(Emilia fosbergii)

Family: Asteraceae

Also Known As: Tasselflower

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



Cupid’s-shaving-brush is a warm season invasive exotic annual. The stems of cupid’s-shaving-brush are upright, pubescent at the base and smooth at the top. The stems can reach a height of 12- to 18-inches. The leaves have toothed margins and are mainly basal. Leaves that form on the upright stems alternately. Basal leaves have petioles, whiles the leaves that form on the stems contain no petioles, are wider at the base and clasp the stem. Cupid's-shaving-brush forms from a taproot. Flowers are formed in warm weather. The flowers are bright red to crimson or scarlet. The flower forms on long stems and contain 2 to 3 heads on each flower stalk. Cupid's-shaving-brush reproduces from seed. Cupid's-shaving-brush is found in southern Florida south into the tropics.


Germination Dates

9: May-June
10: May-June

Cultural Practices

Cupid's-shaving-brush grows in full sun. It is found in open weedy area, and thin turf areas. Cupid's-shaving-brush grows best in moist disturbed areas. Close mowing to prevent the formation of seedheads. Hand pull when possible.

Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application to cupid's-shaving-brush that is actively growing.

Gordon's Control Recommendations:



Pronto® Vegetation Killer


SpeedZone® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf
Trimec® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Sensitive Southern Grasses

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