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Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

Posted by John Fulton -

One of the more prevalent "different" weeds this year has been Star of Bethlehem. This is a weed that looks like wild onion or garlic, but doesn't have the odor. It can also present a small white flower. It grows from small bulbs, so tilling an infested area is not a good idea.

Control is difficult. Traditional lawn weed herbicides don't touch it. Recommendationshave beenrepeated Roundup use or use of Gramoxone (paraquat). Of course, both of these also kill most anything they come in contact with.

Some research out of Virginia shows some promise for carfentazone ethyl, which is usually mixed with traditionalbroadleaf weed killers such as 2,4-D or dicamba.Gordon Chemical has the sole lawn product and sells it as SpeedZone. I don't know of any distributors around here, but you may find it out of the area.

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