What are these 2 flowering weeds in my lawn?

Asked April 13, 2020, 1:28 PM EDT

I've looked at the pictures on the website, but I'm unsure of the identity and management of two weeds that flowered with the warming Spring weather. Both have relatively small flowers, with one being white and the other magenta or purple. Thanks Rod

Montgomery County Maryland

3 Responses

Hello Rod,

The white-flowering plant appears to be one of the Chickweeds: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/common-chickweed. The purple-flowering plant appears to be one of our native Violets: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wild-violet. Between the two, we recommend leaving the Violets if possible, as they are a food source for caterpillars of some of our area butterflies. Otherwise, some weed control options will eliminate both. (Information for each is included on the links above.)

The presence of weeds can indicate turf that is struggling. Areas with some shade, tree roots, compacted soil, poor drainage, or other conditions not amenable to turfgrass can cause weeds to infiltrate as turf declines. Mowing lawn at the highest mower setting can also help grass out-shade weed seedlings as they appear, as well as keeping the turf roots themselves a bit cooler during the heat of summer.


Thanks Miri.

I'll spare the violets and go after the chickweed.