Perennial Weed Seedlings

Use the photos below to identify weeds in the field. Names link to more on identification and biology.

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Seedling of field bindweed.

Field bindweed (perennial) (Convolvulus arvensis): Morningglory family; most new shoots and seedlings emerging in spring; seed leaves nearly square, with shallow notch at tip; early true leaves spade shaped; leaf stalks flattened.

Tubers and rhizomes of purple nutsedge.

Purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus): Sedge family; seedlings rarely occur, most plants from rhizomes and/or tubers; young plant/young shoot (not shown) is somewhat stiff, upright, and light green with a fairly prominent whitish midvein; no auricle or ligule; triangular stem solid or pithy and rarely hollow as in grasses.

Young yellow nutsedge plant.

Yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus): Sedge family; grasslike; light green blades, flat, slender; leaf tip long and drawn out; nutlets globe shaped, smooth, and almond flavored.

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