Dichondra carolinensis

Family Convolvulaceae
Lifecycle Perennial
Features Creeping perennial herb. Stoloniferous. Leaf reniform (kidney-shaped), glabrous. Flowers in leaf axils, 5 yellow to white petal, 5 hairy leaf-like bracts, 5 stamens, surrounding one pistil. Flowers are rarely seen in southeastern U.S.
Description Difficult to control turfgrass weed. Often used as a turf species in western states. Highly adapted to moist, hot climate of southeast. However, this species can behave erratically at times- disappearing under drought conditions and heavy competition of summer and disappearing during cold winter months. Active growth period is more in spring and fall, and low competition conditions during summer. Seemingly present year round under optimum conditions.
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Turfgrass infestation: White flowers are of Virginia buttonweed, not dichondra.

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Turfgrass infestation

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Distinct reniform leaf:

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Distinct reniform leaf

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