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- Stem somewhat woody at the base.
- 1/2 to 2 feet tall, little branched.
- Blade of the lower leaves somewhat arrow-shaped with 1
or 2 conspicuous basal lobes.
- Upper leaves are more slender and sometimes without
- The slender petiole has a papery sheath at the point
of attachment ot the stem.
- Leaves and stems have a sour taste.
- Flowers are borne in branched terminal clusters.
- Plants are dioecious, the male flowers are
orange-yellow; female flowers are red-orange.
- Fruits are small, 3-angled, enclosed in 3 reddish,
persistent flower parts.
- Triangular seeds are polished mahogany colored.
- Perennial with slender, creeping rootstock.
Habitat/ Crops associated with:
- Native to Europe.
- Can be found throughout the west.
- Thrives on acid soils, but has adapted to other
- Occurs in lawns, fields, gardens and along roadsides.
Herbicide Control Notes:
- Fall plus spring application of Stinger provides most
effective control. Seedlings controlled with Sinbar or Karmex/Direx plus Gramoxone.