Spreading Weed with Purple Flowers

stephs04(9)September 25, 2011

Hi!

I'm really hoping someone will be able to help! We moved into this house 2 years ago and have had a terrible time keeping up with the weed covered backyard. We have a majority of bermuda grass mixed with dollarweed, dallisgrass, and others. The latest that seems to be taking over is this ground cover stuff with little purple flowers that bloomed after my husband cut the grass last Sunday. I have included a picture. I hope someone knows how to get rid of this stuff!

Thanks

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Could you repost a picture of a single stem with both foliage and flowers? First picture is pretty fuzzy.
hortster

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 3:23PM
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hoseman

It looks live vinca from the picture, but need a good close up as requested.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 8:22PM
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stephs04(9)

Thank you so much for looking at this! I can't seem to figure out how to load a picture in the response, so here are some links to Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41650825@N08/6195191995/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41650825@N08/6195191565/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41650825@N08/6195191157/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41650825@N08/6195706866/

I hope that's better and thank you again!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 1:20PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Your pics:
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    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 2:14PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Looking at the foliage and flower, I would go with some spp. of Tradescantia.
hortster

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 8:22PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It's spreading or common Dayflower...Commelina diffusa.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 1:14PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I thought the flowers looked like Tradescantia (Spiderwort,) but didn't recognize the short foliage. After reading again, I see that it was mowed. Don't all of the Commelinas have 2-petaled flowers? Tradescantia is very happy in 1 corner of my yard and I mow around the clumps of it, which get bigger every year. In a couple years, I think it will have taken over that corner and I won't have to mow there anymore. It looks so pretty when it blooms, and the blooming period is very long.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 11:24AM
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