Henbit is a long-growing winter annual that sprouts in fall and grows during the cool season. It has square stems that reach about 16 inches high and rounded, toothed leaves that are 3 to 4 inches wide. Small purple flowers appear in spirals along the stems in spring and sometimes again in fall. Henbit prefers rich, moist soil and partial shade. It often invades bare or weak areas of lawn but can also occur in garden beds.


Henbit is found throughout the United States.

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Cultural Solutions

  • Keep lawns properly fertilized and healthy to resist invasion.
  • Mulch and hand-pull.