Commonly known as pepper plant, case weed, pick-purse, St. James weed, mother’s heart, witches’-pouches, toothwart or shovel-plant.
Shepherdspurse is a European plant that was introduced into this country more than 250 years ago. It is widely distributed in Idaho and is a common sight around dwellings, waste places, and gardens. Widely used as a food in the Far East it has become a nuisance in North America.
Mowing has a good effect on Shepherdspurse as it grows upright, and seeds mature late in the season. As with any weed, a healthy bed or lawn will discourage the weed from growing. Chemical control is effect including selective and non-selective herbicides.