Agriculture: Turfgrass Pest Management Guidelines

Common and Scientific Names of Weeds

Common Name Scientific Name
barnyardgrass Echinochloa crus-galli
bermudagrass Cynodon dactylon
bluegrass, annual Poa annua
bluegrass, roughstalk Poa trivialis
brassbuttons, Mexican Cotula mexicana
brassbuttons, southern Cotula australis
burclover, California Medicago polymorpha
chamomile, mayweed Anthemis cotula
burweed, lawn (soliva) Soliva sessilis
carrot, wild Daucus carota
catsear, common Hypochaeris radicata
celery, wild Cyclospermum leptophyllum
chickweed, common Stellaria media
chickweed, mouseear Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare
clover, white Trifolium repens
crabgrass, large Digitaria sanguinalis
crabgrass, smooth Digitaria ischaemum
cudweed, purple Gnaphalium purpureum
daisy, English Bellis perennis
dallisgrass Paspalum dilatatum
dandelion Taraxacum officinale
dock, curly Rumex crispus
filarees Erodium spp.
foxtail, yellow Setaria pumila
garlic, wild Allium vineale
geranium, cutleaf Geranium dissectum
goosegrass Eleusine indica
healall (selfheal) Prunella vulgaris
henbit Lamium amplexicaule
kikuyugrass Pennisetum clandestinum
knotweed, common Polygonum arenastrum
knotweed, prostrate Polygonum aviculare
kyllinga, green Kyllinga brevifolia
mallow, little (cheeseweed) Malva parviflora
medic, black Medicago lupulina
nutsedge, purple Cyperus rotundus
nutsedge, yellow Cyperus esculentus
pearlwort, birdseye Sagina procumbens
pimpernel, scarlet Anagallis arvensis
pineappleweed Chamomilla suaveolens
plantain, broadleaf Plantago major
plantain, buckhorn Plantago lanceolata
purslane, common Portulaca oleracea
ryegrass, Italian Lolium multiflorum
smutgrass Sporobolus indicus
sorrel, red Rumex acetosella
speedwell, Persian Veronica persica
spurge, spotted Euphorbia maculata
swinecress, lesser Coronopus didymus
velvetgrass, German Holcus mollis
woodsorrel, creeping Oxalis corniculata
yarrow, common Achillea millefolium
Text Updated: 09/09