Musky Storksbill can be an annual or biennial weed species. It needs bare soil to get established, so is generally an issue in damaged, disrupted or newly-seeded lawns.
Musky Storksbill establishes as a rosette, with each leaf made up of a series of leaflets that emerge from a central point close to the soil.
In unmowed turf, the leaves can get quite long and large rosettes can form.
During flowering, it produces stems that have small purple/pink flowers that are 10 millimetres to 15mm in diameter; these produce unique seed heads that look similar to a stork, which is where its name comes from. In turf, sharp seed-heads can be a problem for young children as they can easily pierce the skin.
Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium) appears comparable to Musky Storksbill, but is generally found in drier, less fertile sites.
In turf, a picloram/triclopyr mixture (Victory Gold, Triumph Gold, Tordon Gold or Conquest) will give good control. Likewise, a 2,4-D/dicamba mixture should give a reasonable level of control. Clopyralid will not control it.
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