Florida Betony

Florida's second most damaging lawn weed, known by several names, Florida betony, rattlesnake weed, or Stachys Floridana, is an aggressive winter perennial lawn weed that invades healthy grass and flower gardens in moist, shaded environments. Identifying this weed is crucial as its deep tuberous roots and aggressive growth can wreak havoc on maintaining your lawn's health and appearance.

Proper Florida betony weed control, prevention, and eradication are vital to ensure a healthy lawn. Continue reading to learn more about this particular Florida weed.

How to identify Florida Betony weed

With square stems, toothed leaves, and small, tubular pink or white flowers, the Florida betony is infamous for its invasive qualities. It can grow up to 2 feet tall and is known for its underground white tubers, divided into sections resembling the rattles of a rattlesnake, aiding in its resiliency.


Its white underground tubers allow it to be dormant during the winter and then burst back to life in the Spring. As a result, early recognition and prevention are essential in controlling its proliferation.

Florida Betony images
Florida Betony tuber
Photo by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Florida Betony leaves
Photo by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Florida Betony flower
Photo by Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

Florida Betony control

The Florida betony continues to pose significant threats to lawns and gardens as it competes with other plants for nutrients, water, and space. This weed evolves in a way that can constrict healthy vegetation, leading to an unhealthy and less appealing outdoor space. Tackling this issue requires:

Professional lawn weed control

Hiring a professional lawn weed control company is recommended for more effective and lasting results. At RLC Landscaping, our team of experts can provide targeted treatments and preventative strategies to control Florida Betony. We’re here to help turn your outdoor landscape into a beautifully healthy oasis.

Florida Betony FAQs

Is Florida betony invasive?

Yes, Florida Betony (Stachys floridana) is recognized as an invasive species in numerous locations, especially within the southeastern United States. From depleting nutrients and water from nearby vegetation to its dominating growth, it’s known to be a hard-to-control weed.

Is Florida betony root edible?

Surprisingly, yes! The Florida betony tuber or root is consumable. Its taste is similar to a mild radish.

Is Florida betony poisonous to dogs?

There is insufficient evidence to suggest that Florida betony is toxic to dogs. However, it’s always important to monitor how much of the weed your dog consumes, as too much could lead to potential side effects.

What is the common name for Florida betony?

It is also called rattlesnake weed because its tubers look like a rattlesnake’s rattles.

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