But NOT in the middle of his lawn!
For years, he has assured me this pretty bright pink flower is most definitely a weed and a menace in the grass. But then, anything other than blades of Bermuda and Saint Augustine are weeds and target for his wicked knife.
Yes he weeds with a knife.
Once again I saved this February Flowering plant from the knife, and decided once and for all to prove or disapprove it's botanical species. By the way, if it turns out to be a Texas Wildflower...it get's to thrive among the blades of the lawn. The 'Weed Wacker' agreed.
It is called 'Henbit'.
It is not a Texas Wildflower although it is beginning to bloom along the roadsides like the Bluebonnet, Indian Paint Brush, Wild Verbena and others. It's early greenery is sprouting and the tiny buds are blooming in manicured lawns, early flowering gardens and landscaped rock gardens. Why so early in February? Because the 'Weed Wacker' and other 'Weeder's' did not treat their lawns and gardens with a Pre-emergent aka Wicked Knife.
It is a WEED.
Not even a native weed, but a pernicious non-native one.
pernicious...having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.
synonyms: damaging, destructive, wicked, malevolent, noxious, poisonous.
It is a winter annual and will be dead by late spring but drops, many, many seeds!
Mark one for the 'Weed Wacker' and his Wicked Knife.