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Pest Information

Asiatic Pennywort

Asiatic Pennywort

  • Latin Name: Centella Asiatica
  • Common Name: Asiatic Pennywort
  • Other Names: Centella, coinwort

Pest Details

Asiatic Pennywort
Asiatic Pennywort
Asiatic Pennywort

Origin:

Likely a native of tropical Asia, and now a common weed in Hawaii. It also is found in Oregon and Ohio.

Biology:

A perennial weed that reproduces by seeds, but aggressively sends out rhizomes that rapidly spread the plants. A common turf weed as well as a problem in other moist, sandy soils in many habitats.

Identification:

This is a prostrate, creeping plant with leaves on long stalks that may be either erect or horizontal. Stems will root at the nodes where they touch the soil. The leaves are round to heart-shaped and a dark, shiny green above and a lighter green below. The margins are scalloped and venation is palmate. The small flowers are white and grow in small clusters that occur on stalks that grow from the base of the leaves.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

When it occurs in turf a systemic broadleaf herbicide will be effective.

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