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Florida Betony

Florida betony is a perennial weed that pops up in lawns and landscape beds in the winter. It has square stems and two-inch-long, oval leaves.

Florida betony also known as rattlesnake weed, because its white tubers resemble the rattlesnake's rattle. The edible tubers are what make it such a tough weed to get rid of. They allow the weed to spread aggressively and make it difficult to be removed by hand. You may have better success by using an appropriate herbicide. Just be sure to read and follow all label instructions.

And keep in mind that the strongest defense against weeds is a healthy lawn, so be sure to mow, fertilize, and irrigate your lawn according to UF/IFAS best management practices.

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