Shepherd’s purse weeds are a nuisance for gardeners everywhere, as they are among the most widespread weeds globally and the seeds are easily spreadable by animals and the wind. Fortunately, there are a few methods of getting rid of this pesky weed. Gardeners can simply pull them up, taking care that the roots are removed with the plant. Or they can apply a herbicide that contains 2,4-D and MCCP. The plant is edible, but eating Shepherd’s purse is not recommended.
- One of the challenges of shepherd’s purse control is dealing with a new crop that germinates from seeds each fall.
- When you find shepherd’s purse in your garden, the best way to control it is to pull it up.
- Frequent mowing doesn’t help with the control of this weed because it grows so close to the ground.
“A member of the mustard family, shepherd’s purse is an edible plant that adds a peppery flavor to salads and stir-fries, and it is an important part of Chinese cuisine.”