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Pest Information

Cuban Purple Woodsorrel

Cuban Purple Woodsorrel

  • Latin Name: Oxalis Latifolia
  • Common Name: Cuban Purple Woodsorrel
  • Other Names: Broadleaf woodsorrel

Pest Details

Cuban Purple Woodsorrel
Cuban Purple Woodsorrel
Cuban Purple Woodsorrel

Origin:

Native to the West Indies, and present sporadically in the United States in Florida, California, and New Mexico.

Biology:

A perennial weed that reproduces from seeds as well as from bulbs, which are formed in underground clusters. This is a shade-loving weed that is found in cooler locations in turf, wooded areas, or shaded areas of disturbed habitats.

Identification:

Plants are low and spreading, and adapt well to some mowing heights in turf. The leaves are at the ends of long, thin stalks and are divided into 3 heart-shaped segments. The corners are bluntly pointed, and the leaflets often droop dramatically back toward the stalk, especially at night. The flowers also are on long, thin stalks, usually as pairs of violet to pink flowers with 5 petals that open in an inverted bell-shape.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

In turf a selective, systemic, broadleaf herbicide will effectively control this weed.

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