|New growth of a mystery weed that has tiny lavender-purple flowers|
|That mystery weed that has tiny lavender-purple flowers|
This green weed is really like a ground cover as it will snake through the St. Augustine grass to overtake the yard. I had a bit of this weed last Summer in my front side yard. I dug that up and put in my second Mexican Petunia garden. I went nearly one year before I saw that weed again; and this time, it was all over the yard!
|That mystery weed with tiny lavender-purple flowers takes over the yard!|
|That mystery weed with tiny lavender-purple flowers - look closely!|
Identify That Weed Please!I hope one of my readers out there can help me! What's curious is that this year, throughout the various months, I added a variety of products to my St. Augustine grass. They included these:
- Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Lawn Fertilizer
- Scotts 49805A Halts Crabgrass Preventer
- Scotts Bonus S Weed and Feed
- Milorganite 0636 Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer
- Scotts Super Turf Builder SummerGuard Lawn Fertilizer
For the most part, my front yard is good - that creepy, crawly weed with the tiny lavender-purple flowers hasn't taken hold there - knock wood!
What I am seriously wondering? The Milorganite was also spread through the rest of the yard. Could it be that this is the fertilizer that stimulated the growth of that mystery weed?
Can anyone help?
UPDATE: Thus far I have not had anybody conclusively identify this weed! After receiving a Scott's email, I took a look at their site and was reading about purple nutsedge and purple nut grass along with yellow nutsedge and kyllinga nutsedge. Googling purple nutsedge, I just admit that I did see a picture which looks a lot like the new growth picture of my mystery weed!
Take two! I happened upon a page about Common Florida Weeds. Checking out the pictures, yes, I recognized many of those common weeds. Then, I saw their picture on matchweed - Phyla nodiflora. Boy oh boy, that sure does look like my weed. It 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."
On that same page about common weeds in Florida, I found out the name of another "weed" that I've seen in abundance in my yard. It is Alexander grass and in the same area where that weed took hold, you can find that other mystery weed, possibly the matchweed.
Searching further, I found another weed that resembles my mystery weed. It is doveweed - Murdannia nudiflora (L.) Brenan or Aneliema nudiflorum (L.) Kunth. Here is the clincher: "It is classified as an annual grass-like weed which makes it difficult to kill because it is a distant relative of turfgrasses such as St. Augustine." I remember the last time I was in Lowe's looking for a crabgrass preemergent, the gal in the garden department told me that crabgrass is a relative of St. Augustine grass. Hey! How do I get rid of all the relatives in my St. Augustine grass?
ANOTHER UPDATE: So, the end of October, Peninsular Pest Control was treating the neighbor's yard. I asked one of the fellows what he was putting down. He said fertilizer and pre-emergent. The application looked mighty "substantial." Then, I asked him to take a look at the weed that populated my backyard. After digging a bit at the weed and pulling it up, he said, "it looks like buttonweed." I Googled "buttonweed" and came upon a Missouri State Education site with pictures. By golly, that sure looks a lot like a good bit of the weeds in my backyard. However, they describe the tiny flowers as white to pink. I really think the color is more pale purple or lavender. I do have the variety of this weed with tiny white flowers. That weed is also known as Povertyweed, Poorjoe, Dioidia, and/or Rough Buttonweed.