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Pest Information

Dwarf Pearlwort

Dwarf Pearlwort

  • Latin Name: Sagina Apetala
  • Common Name: Dwarf Pearlwort
  • Other Names: Pearlwort, sticky pearlwort

Pest Details

Dwarf Pearlwort
Dwarf Pearlwort

Origin:

Native to Europe and widely distributed in the western United States.

Biology:

An annual broadleaf plant that reproduces from seeds. Seeds germinate in early spring and plants mature in early summer, but can persist through the hot summers in cool, shaded locations.

Identification:

Mature plants are mat-forming, but inconspicuous due to the small size of stems, leaves, and flowers. Mature plants may grow to 2 inches high, sometimes with stems growing prostrate along the soil and then curving upward. Stems are weak and threadlike. Leaves are very thin and only up to 1/5 inch long. They are flattened with the edges rolled inward, and are curved slightly toward the tip, which has a short bristle. Tiny flowers are borne on short, thin stalks. They may have 4 tiny white petals or no petals at all, and 4 larger green sepals.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Annuals reproducing from seeds, and they prefer cool, moist habitats.

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