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Black Medic

Medicago lupulina

Black medic is a creeping summer annual weed commonly found in turfgrass soils deficient in nitrogen fertility. Leaves are alternate in arrangement and composed of three leaflets. Leaflets are wedge shaped and serrated near the tip. Pinnate venation is prominently displayed. The center leaflet is attached to a separate petiole. Black medic produces bright yellow flowers that mature into tightly coiled black seedpods.

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Whole Plant
Whole Plant
Flower
Flower
Leaf
Leaf
Stem
Stem
Other
Other
Seedling
Seedling/Seedhead

Chemicals exhibiting activity against this weed

Always refer to the product label for specific information on proper product use, tank-mix compatibility, and turfgrass tolerance. Products containing more than one of the chemicals listed below may offer improved control. Read Full Disclaimer

SeasonEmergenceChemical
Cool Pre
Post2,4-D, carfentrazone, dicamba, MCPP, MCPA, sulfentrazone, triclopyr, triclopyr + clopyralid
WarmPre
Post2,4-D, atrazine, carfentrazone, dicamba, imazaquin, MCPP, MCPA, metribuzin, metsulfuron, simazine, sulfentrazone, triclopyr, triclopyr + clopyralid


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