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Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd's Purse is a fairly small annual weed that can germinate at most times of the year, but is often found in winter because of its ability to grow throughout the year.

Shepherd’s Purse can complete its life cycle quickly, so can undergo several generations within one year.

Starting as a rosette, it can be hard to identify as it looks similar to Hawksbeard, although the leaf shape is slightly different.

The flower stems contain small white flowers, which form characteristic heart-shaped seed pods.


It tolerates quite a few different herbicides, including selective herbicides such as dicamba, clopyralid, picloram and trifluralin. It is well controlled by MCPA (Trimec and Legend) and 2,4-D.

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