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Pest Information

Sand Pigmyweed

Sand Pigmyweed

  • Latin Name: Crassula connata
  • Common Name: Sand Pigmyweed
  • Other Names: Tillaea, pigmyweed

Pest Details

Sand Pigmyweed
Sand Pigmyweed
Sand Pigmyweed

Origin:

Native to Chile and now widely distributed along the west coast in California and Oregon.

Biology:

An annual that prefers sandy or gravel soils, and a problem in landscape areas with constant irrigation. Reproduction is from seeds that germinate in late winter, and plants mature by mid-spring.

Identification:

Mature plants are small and compact, with many stems coming from the basal area and multiple branching of the stems. The stems and leaves are small and have a fleshy feel, with foliage turning reddish as it matures. The leaves are tiny and closely joined on the stem, and they are oval to elongate, only 1/8 inch long. The tiny green flowers arise from the axils of the leaves.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Sandy soils with constant moisture availability are preferred.

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