Lawn Burweed

(Soliva pterosperma)

Family: Asteraceae

Also Known As: Spurweed

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



Lawn burweed (spurweed) is a low-growing winter annual which forms mats due to branching. The leaves are opposite and divided into narrow segments or lobes. The flowers are small and inconspicuous. The fruit forms in the leaf axils with sharp spines. Lawn burweed reproduces by seed. Lawn burweed is found in the coastal plains regions from Florida to Texas. 


Germination Dates

3: June
4: June
5: May
6: April-May
7: March
8: March
9: February

Cultural Practices

Use of good turf management programs, including a sound fertilization program, to form dense stands of turf grass will assist in prevention of lawn burweed infestation.

Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application tolawn burweed that is actively growing and in the seedling to flower stage of growth.

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