A low-growing weed with oval green leaves 1/4 to 3/4 inch long appears in the lawn. Each leaf may have a purple spot. The leaves are slightly hairy on the underside and smooth on top. Tiny pinkish-white flowers bloom in mid-summer. The stems fan out on the soil surface and over the top of the grass, forming mats up to 2 feet in diameter. Also called milk purslane or prostrate spurge, spotted spurge invades thin areas of the lawn, smothering the grass. It commonly invades lawns that are dry and infertile, but it can also be found in well-maintained lawns.
Keep the lawn well watered to discourage spurge from invading dry areas.
©2002-2012 The Scotts Company LLC, all rights reserved.
® and ™ denote trademarks owned by or licensed to The Scotts Company LLC, its affiliates, or partners.
The Global Professional business group and its subsidiaries of The Scotts Company LLC were purchased by ICL in February 2011. This is the USA consumer products site forThe Scotts Company LLC. For information about ICL or Scotts® Professional products, please visit http://www.scottsprofessional.com.