Controlling Henbit - Knowledgebase Question

Girard, IL
Question by eddsnell
October 31, 1997
What do you recommend for fall application to control henbit in yards and gardens?


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Answer from NGA
October 31, 1997

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Henbit, also known as blink nettle, bee nettle, and dead nettle, is a member of the mint family. A winter annual or short-lived perennial, it reproduces by rooting stems, seeds, and rhizomes.

You might be able to control the weed by pulling youngplants, starting in late winter. If you can continue to pull sprouting plants, you can deplete the energy stores in the rhizomes and possibly control the weed without herbicides.

You might also try a contact herbicide like Round-Up for particularly troublesome areas. Follow label directions carefully; it may be better to pull up what you can this fall, and wait until spring to see if you need the Round-Up.


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