Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 6 inches to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Resistances: Humidity tolerant


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Posted by LynneHTx (Houston, TX. Zone 9b - Zone 9b) on Jul 13, 2017 8:34 PM

Want to control this weed? I call this the weed from 'heck'. Established plants are nearly impossible to pull......they break off no matter how I use the weeding tool. The plant forms a mat over the existing lawn. I was not able to kill it with Roundup; the bag of corn gluten didn't affect it. I finally discovered Celsius, a herbicide that will kill it without harming the St. Augustine. Expensive, but I mix it 1/4 tsp per 2 cups water so it will last a lifetime or two. I now walk the lawn once or twice a weed with the squirt bottle in hand looking for new starts or runners. No, I'm not associated with the product......just wanted to share in case you are as frustrated to control this weed as I was.

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Posted by plantladylin (Southeast Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 20, 2013 3:38 PM

Diodia virginiana is a low-growing and spreading weed found throughout Florida and other areas of the U.S. This native perennial has leaves of approximately 1 to 2 1/2 inches in length with a narrow, elliptical shape. The small, white, star-shaped flowers are 1/4 inch wide and are borne solitary or in pairs from the upper leaf attachment. This plant can be a noxious weed in lawns and turfgrasses of the southeast, forming extensive dense mats in moist or periodically saturated open areas. Buttonweed grows in habitats of moist soils, along marsh edges, pond margins, and wet roadsides and ditches.

Virginia Buttonweed is attractive to a variety of small butterflies.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Identify plant by cylib Feb 14, 2018 4:52 PM 7
Not what we thought. What could they be? by Malemew Aug 13, 2017 9:37 PM 6
Weed by Sonoferic May 26, 2017 4:46 PM 14
What makes you garden/plant-anxious? by purpleinopp Aug 16, 2017 12:45 PM 74
Lawn plants other than grass by purpleinopp Aug 25, 2015 1:08 PM 23
I am begging to know what this is! by bhart90 Jun 24, 2015 1:39 PM 22
Another plant who's name didn't stick with me by purpleinopp May 22, 2015 8:49 AM 5
plant or weed? by ShadyGreenThumb May 24, 2015 9:56 AM 24

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