Scientific Name: Desmodium incanum
Creeping beggarweed is a perennial weed that develops from a large taproot. Creeping beggarweed has many branched runners capable of rooting at nodes along the stems. Leaves are composed of three leaflets of varying sizes. The leaflets are elliptic in shape, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base. Both the stems and leaves are hairy. The flowers of creeping beggarweed are pink to rose in color. The fruit is composed of a segmented seedpod with 6 segments that will separate and attach to clothing. Creeping beggarweed spreads by seed, stolons or segments of the taproot. Creeping beggarweed is found through Florida and across the South into southern Texas.
Creeping beggarweed can be difficult to control due to its spreading ability by deep rhizomes. The plant also produces jointed seedpods that can be physically distributed. Beggarweed can tolerate close mowing. A dense turf produced by proper fertility practices and adequate irrigation to prevent moisture stress is the best practices to compete with beggarweed. Physical removal is difficult due to the deep rhizomes.
For optimum control, make your post-emergence herbicide application to creeping beggarweed that is young and actively growing.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.