This is an annual or sometimes a perennial weed that reproduces from seeds. It forms low, dense mats of sprawling, prostrate stems that grow from a central point. It occurs in most habitats, from wet soils to dry sandy soils, thriving best in sunny conditions. Flowers form in summer into fall, and as the plant matures it changes from green to a rusty orange color.
If found in turf a selective broadleaf herbicide is effective, and pre-emergent applications of herbicides will prevent the growth. Hand removal may be effective if done prior to seed production in the summer.