Home Shop Flowers Bloomin' Blog Find Florists About FSN Contact FSN Florists Only!
Find Your Local Florist:
Home Shop Flowers Bloomin' Blog Find Florists About FSN Contact FSN Florists Only!

What Is This Early Spring Weed With Purple Flower

lamium-amplexicaule-henbit Ask the Expert: Can you identify this plant? (weed) Picture enclosed, I hope, Thanks. Rufus

Plant Expert Reply:

The plant is called Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). Members of the Lamium genus can run the gamut from annuls to perennials and from wanted to unwanted plants. In this case Henbit is usually considered a weed. It usually pops up in early spring in lawns, flower & shrub beds. In the lawn, you can spray 2 4 D to get rid of it. It is a little more tricky in the shrub beds because the 2 4 D will damage the shrubs and the flowers if the chemical gets on them. I recommend pulling the Henbit that is in the shrub, but would spray the Henbit that is in the lawn.

Flower Shop Network is a proud sponsor of this weed identification question.

Share on TumblrSubmit to redditSubmit to StumbleUpon

Comments

  1. Charlie Davis says:

    Jamie you should compare this to Lamium purpureum.

  2. How do I get this Henbit out of my vegetable garden before I start to plant?

  3. Amy,

    The best way to remove henbit is by hoeing or hand pulling. You could also try to smother it with woodchips, although this may or may not work. A broad-leaf herbicide can work, but be careful not to get it on your vegetables. You could also use a contact killing herbicide, such as Killzall or Roundup directly on the weed itself, again being very careful of your veggies.

  4. I have this in my yard. it first started about 3 weeks ago – I have only a few.. Now – I have them all over the yard.. They multiplied like mad.. Also whats funny about it is that they are not in any of my neighbors yard.. How does that work??

  5. It most likely made it to your yard via wind or bird. The birds and the wind spread the seed of this plant and can do so over many miles. Your neighbor could be using a pre-emerge in his yard that keeps the henbit seed from coming up. You can get rid of the weed with a herbicide and then you need to use a pre-emerge next winter to keep the seed from germinating.

  6. Andrew Mobley says:

    Before you go off spraying herbicides on henbit, please know this:

    Henbit is one of the most important sources of nectar for honeybees in late winter and early spring. At this time of year, honeybees have used up their winter stores of honey and are desperate for nectar and pollen to feed the newly hatched bees that will produce the year’s honey crop. These same bees pollinate your vegetable gardens, so if you like to eat honey an like to eat any sort of tasty vegetable that requires bees to pollinate it, please to not kill off the henbit. As soon as the weather warms up in later spring, it will go away all by itself.

  7. Kate Sparks says:

    Really, 2 4 D for hen bit? This is not a noxious weed. Hen bit doesn’t last long in spring. Just pull it. 2 4 D is a very strong, dangerous herbicide. Using i 2 4 D on hen bit is like swatting a fly with a sledge hammer! Please don’t encourage the indiscriminate use of herbicides. I personally would never use i 2 4 D in a home landscape.

  8. Kate,

    I understand your concern about herbicides. If they are used both appropriately and properly, 2 4 D can be an effective and safe product. I commend your commitment to not use them in your own landscape.

Speak Your Mind

Connect with Facebook

*

Attach an image