• Common Crupina Plant 215x150

Category A Weed

Sunflower family (Asteraceae)

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Common crupina (Crupina vulgaris)


    • Up to 3 ft. tall and branched with lengthwise ridges along stem


      • Cotyledons are oblong, fleshy and hairless, often with a purplish midvein; rosette leaves are oval to lance-shaped with smooth, toothed or lobed edges (margins)

      • Stem leaves are alternate and deeply pinnate-lobed; lower leaves are larger than upper leaves; edges are covered with short, stiff hairs


        • Pink or purple; occur in clusters of 1-5 at the tips of branches; base of flower is vase-shaped and narrow (3-4 times longer than wide)


          • Fibrous


            • Grows well under a wide range of environmental and soil conditions; often found in rangeland, pastures, waste areas, roadsides and along waterways; known to occur in Lyon and Storey counties

            • Annual; reproduces by seed

            • Listed on the Federal Noxious Weed List


              • Grazing or mowing can increase branching and seed production and are NOT effective

              • Apply 2,4-D, dicamba or picloram to actively growing plants prior to flowering