Common Weeds in East Texas

Weeds can crowd out vegetables and flowers in the garden and ruin the smooth carpet of a lawn. The rich soil and frequent rains of East Texas allow weeds to flourish in yards and gardens. Weed control begins with identifying the plant in order to plan the best approach for getting rid of it.


Stinging nettles (Cnidoscolus stimulosus), also known as bull nettles, grow all along the Gulf Coast. The plants are covered with tiny hairs that when brushed against irritate the skin and cause a red rash.


Chickweed (Stellaria media) invades gardens and weeds. This fast-growing weed appears in the spring and forms thick mats that are tough to remove.


Texas groundsel (Senecio ampullaceaus) fills fields with yellow blossoms in summer and is considered a wildflower by some. Groundsel crowds out pasture grass and can be tenacious and tough to kill.


Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), like chickweeds, produces dense mats of plants that can crowd out lawn grasses and infest flower beds. It produces tubular pink and purple flowers in the spring.

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