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Is this a weed?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by platinum, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Starting to see this pop up this year next to one of my flower beds. Can you let me know what it is so I can remove it.


  2. Ryno98

    Ryno98 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Looks a lot like mint. If you crush a leaf does it smell minty? Either way, 2,4 D will probably kill it.
  3. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Doesn’t really smell like mint... under the leaves it has small round purple flower like buds.

    I have some 3-way but was hoping to know what it was first so I put down an adequate application.

    Thanks for the help..
  4. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    It's purple dead nettle. Usually pops up in the late winter/early spring. Also usually dies out on it's own as soon as it gets warm.
  5. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    yep... that looks like it, thanks.

    Do they sell that as a plant or flower? I have more of it in my flower bed that I thought was creeping merle or something.

    How does this spread.. should I remove it from the beds too.
  6. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Is is actually a non-native invasive exotic and is considered a weed by most. I found out it was invasive when I was trying to look up what it was. If I recall correctly, I found it on the CT DNR website where it was listed as a non-native invasive.
    Here on VA's Eastern Shore it suddenly blooms this time of year and can be seen blanketing lots of fallow agricultural fields. It is a significant source of nectar for honeybees at a time of year when not much else has bloomed, except maybe dandelions.
    Soon as it gets and stays warm the blooms disappear and it becomes much less noticable. I think even the leaves mostly disappear, as I don't notice them much in late spring/summer.
    I don't know how it spreads, but now that you know the name you can probably google it and find out.
    As I said, I think it will essentially go away on it's own once it gets warm, so I wouldn't bother killing it if it were me.
    We get it every year from maybe February to April, then it disappears. I haven't researched how it spreads or how to kill it.
  7. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,341

    It has a few names. At least it helps the bees out.
  8. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    thanks everyone...
  9. parrotfeathers

    parrotfeathers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I think the common name for it is henbit. Here in Mississippi this year it is rampant in all the fields. It wasn't like this last year. I would think it needed pulling up in flower beds before flowering to prevent seeding for next year?
  10. ChiTownAmateur

    ChiTownAmateur LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    It's very easy to remove by hand and tends to spread quickly by staying low at the soil level and spreading with a stolon-like action. I hand pull it and think that is the best way to avoid damaging anything around it. In a larger area I think spot-spraying would be best.

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