Sagina procumbens


Other common names:

Procumbent pearlwort, bird-eye pearlwort and matted pearlwort.



Pearlwort is a perennial mat-forming weed which is difficult to control. Pearlwort develops roots which grow from its nodes, has green glossy narrow leaves and produces small white flowers. The weeds seeds profusely if not controlled; their seedbank may last for as long as 5 years.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turfgrasses. Commonly in coastal areas where irrigation or rainfall is frequent.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: Repeat selective herbicides applications may be required e.g. 1 to 2 months after first application. See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Maintain a dense turfgrass sward to limit Pearlwort weed establishment.
  • Mechanical: Manual removal is weed population is low.



Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. & Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western Weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia. 2nd Edition. The Plant Protection Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park.



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Control Options

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Cutlass M


Tri-Kombi Lawn Weeder