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Broadleaf Signal Grass Urochloa platyphylla

Previously known as:

  • Brachiaria platyphylla
Description

Broadleaf signalgrass is a weedy annual native ornamental grass in the Poaceae (grass) family.  It is a warm season grass that grows and blooms from May through October.  It is found along roadsides, disturbed areas, agricultural fields, and ditches preferring loamy to sandy soils.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  It can be resistant to herbicides and therefore difficult to manage. 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weedy#NC native#warm-season grass#disturbed areas#native ornamental grass#warm season weed
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weedy#NC native#warm-season grass#disturbed areas#native ornamental grass#warm season weed
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Urochloa
    Species:
    platyphylla
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern and central U.S.A., Cuba, South America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Weed
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from May-October
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Sheathing wide linear leaves with hairs on sheath, blades are smooth. Ligule has fringe of hairs. Leave blades can have a bit of burdangy color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy