Emilia sonchifolia


Other common names:

Cupid’s shaving-brush, Flora’s paint brush, Lilac tasselflower, Purple sow thistle, Red groundsel, Red tasselflower, Sow thistle.



  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Short-lived herbaceous weed
  • Leaves are round/oval shape
  • Can grow between 15 cm to 60 cm (80 cm) tall
  • Pink or purple flower heads which are tubular narrow in shape and are topped with a tuft of whitish coloured hairs
  • Flowers from Autumn to Spring
  • Tap root.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turfgrasses.


Control options:

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  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



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