Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shepherd's Purse


Case Weed, Pick-purse, Shepherds-bag

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Winter annual
Growth Habit: Erect flowering stem with prostrate basal rosette
Propagation: Seed
Leaf Margin: Toothed or lobed
Leaf Hairs: Smooth or hairy
Leaf Structure: Deeply lobed
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Root Type: Taproot with secondary fibrous roots
Flower Color: White


Similar Species

  • Chicory Cichorium intybus L.
  • Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
  • Pepperweed, Virginia Lepidium virginicum

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Bensulide, Dimethenamid-p, Dithiopyr, Isoxaben, Mesotrione, Oryzalin, Prodiamine, Pronamide, Simazine
  • Post Emergence: 2,4-D, Bentazon, Bromoxynil, Carfentrazone, Chlorsulfuron, Dicamba, Florasulam, MCPA, Mecoprop-p, Mesotrione, Metribuzin, Sulfentrazone, Sulfosulfuron, Triclopyr, Trifloxysulfuron

Please note: one or more of these active ingredients may exist in combination-type brand name products. Any material used for herbicidal control of any plant may vary in efficacy. Please read the full disclaimer on herbicide usage.