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– Flat blades with sharp points

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– Three oblong leaflets with serrated edges in a clover shape

– Purple and white flowers that emerge at the tip of the seed stalk

Mollugo verticillatais a prostrate summer annual with smooth leaves that are light green in color and spoon-shaped. Leaves are arranged in whorls of five to six per node. Carpetweed flowers white, tiny, flowers arranged in clusters of two to five in mid-summer through early fall. It can be found throughout most of the United States.

Oxalis stricta is a herbaceous perennial found in warmer climates and annual in cooler areas. Yellow Woodsorrel is identified by its green to yellow-green, alternating leaves, divided into three partly-folded, lobes appearing heart-shaped. It can be found in most of the Eastern and Central United States.


Facelis retusa is a winter annual with freely branched stems at teh base. Facelis leaves are narrow in shape with a dull green upper surface and a lower surface covered with white turfs of long hairs. Facelis can be found in Tennessee and North Carolina, and south into north Florida and west to Texas and Oklahoma.

Kyllinga brevifolia is a mat-forming perennial sedge with dark green leaves and stems. Green Kyllinga grows up to six inches in height. Its seedhead is initially pale-green in color, turning brown at maturity. The seed head usually has three short leaves just below. Green Kyllinga can be found from Georgia into south Florida and west to Texas and California.

Youngia japonica is a warm season annual that can be identified by the flowering stalks that branch from the uppermost part of the plant. Flowers are yellow to orange-yellow with five tiny teeth at the end of the outermost petals. Asiatic Hawksbeard can be found in Pennsylvania, south through Florida and west into Louisiana.

After working hard to make your lawn look lush and well-manicured, it’s unfortunate to see it all go to waste when weeds start invading the turf. Weeds are unwanted plants that plenty of lawn owners have to deal with. These pesky plants can easily invade a turf, especially those that prefer our warm and humid climate.

Aside from aesthetics, controlling and removing weeds is important to improve the health of your lawn. These pesky invaders may also steal nutrients from the grass, plants, and more. If they are not controlled, your lawn will become untidy, or worse, the grass and flowers may start to wither.

Before you start removing these out-of-place plants or start controlling them, you should first find out what you’re dealing with. You won’t be able to properly remove and prevent weeds in your yard if you don’t know what type it is. To help you out, here are some of the weeds that one may find in their Florida lawn.