Henbit is a broadleaf, winter annual that germinates in the fall or winter. In the winter months, it grows during any periods of warm weather. Unless there are periods of unusually warm weather, it will mostly stay dormant during the winter. It will resume growth and produce seed in the spring. In February through June, it produces purple tube-shaped flowers in clusters above the upper leaves. The stems are green to purple. The dark green leaves are hairy on top with crinkled edges. Henbit dies off as temperatures increase in late spring to early summer. It can rapidly invade thin turf, especially where the soil stays moist. It is also prone to grow in shady areas of the lawn.
It is important to get down the right pre-emergents in the fall to prevent seed germination. Call us now to start getting a handle on this troublesome weed!