Lespedeza

Lespedeza (Kummerowia striata syn. Lespedeza striata) is a very common summer weed that can easily choke out thin turf. It is a mat-forming, wiry stemmed, freely branched summer annual. It has a semi-woody taproot and grows close to the ground, making it difficult to cut with a mower. It flowers in late summer with pink to purple, single flowers found in leaf axils on most of the nodes of the main stems.

To learn how to identify lespedeza as well as the lawn conditions that encourage its growth and how to control it in a lawn, see HGIC 2322, Lespedeza.

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