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Offline Ian

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Sweethearts
« on: October 16, 2013, 15:04:27 PM »
Hello,
I have tried looking for 'sweethearts' for the weed that we get here in SA but I cannot get any more information. A friend of mine was looking for help as his lawn is being overrun with it but both of us only know the plant by this nickname. Can someone please give me a correct name and even better would be a method of control that will not damage his lawn.

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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 18:32:03 PM »
Hi Ian - have you got a photo?  Does it look like a small creeping violet??
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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 19:59:58 PM »
Hi Rena,
I will ask him for a picture. I thought that sweethearts was quite a widely used term in SA. The seeds form a strip and stick to your clothing. It does not look like creeping violet.

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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 19:59:58 PM »
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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2013, 19:41:05 PM »
You have me all curious now Ian  ::)
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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 09:41:29 AM »
We have found it. http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/fab/desmodium_psilophyllum.htm
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I only knew this as sweethearts which were a nickname for the seeds which stick to clothing.

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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013, 10:28:32 AM »
I love it when a mystery is solved ;D

Those flowers are real pretty - sweethearts ;D

But I think thank goodness I don't have any.....
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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2013, 21:24:55 PM »
Hi, in agriculture there are herbicides that work on broadleaf plants that doesn't affect strap- or grassy leaves. I know it's used on young maize. Grass isn't affected either, I remember we had a problem with the invasive Rhodesian Star Grass in the maize, and it had to be manually removed.

So, there are products, you might just have to do some research, and maybe buy a small quantity from a farmer in your area.

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Re: Sweethearts
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013, 22:48:02 PM »
Thank you Clemens, I will advise my friend