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Fingergrass Digitaria ciliaris

Phonetic Spelling
dij-ih-TARE-ree-uh sil-ee-AIR-iss
Description

Southern Crabgrass is a clump forming warm season annual grass native to the tropics.  It is found in pastures, disturbed sites, or in lawns.  It reseeds easily and forms thick mats that are challenging to remove making it a weedy plant. To manage the weed try to hand weed it when it is small before it has sent down secondary roots.  Mulching garden beds can slow germination.  It is killed off by frost.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#weedy#high maintenance#annual weed#warm season weed
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#weedy#high maintenance#annual weed#warm season weed
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Digitaria
    Species:
    ciliaris
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical and subtropical old world
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Remove plants before they go to seed to reduce problems the following growing season.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Description:
    Racemes 8" long straight with a light green rachis (central stem).
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Light green finely ribbed sheaths alternate 6" long and 1/2" wide. Entire margins, hairs at the base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Problems:
    Weedy