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Seeing purple flowers in your yard? More like pesky weeds

Noticing more purple weeds around Wichita this year? You’re not the only one

Henbit, a cool-season weed that's common around Kansas, seems to have sprung up more than usual this spring. Matthew McKernan of the Sedgwick County Extension Office says that's likely due to more moisture over the winter.
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Henbit, a cool-season weed that's common around Kansas, seems to have sprung up more than usual this spring. Matthew McKernan of the Sedgwick County Extension Office says that's likely due to more moisture over the winter.

Henbit is a cool-season weed that’s known for its purple flowers and is prevalent across Kansas in the early spring.

According to Matthew McKernan of the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, the weed is likely in abundance this year due to a wetter than normal winter.

McKernan sayse weed is best controlled in the fall when it germinates, but hotter weather in the mid-summer will also kill the plant.

In the meantime, McKernan says, keep the weed mowed down to prevent it dropping more seeds as it flowers.

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