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Pest Information

Tufted Kyllinga

Tufted Kyllinga

  • Latin Name: Kyllinga Pumila
  • Common Name: Tufted Kyllinga
  • Other Names: Low spike sedge

Pest Details

Tufted Kyllinga
Tufted Kyllinga


Native to North America, and found throughout most of the eastern half of the U.S. from Kansas and Texas east to New York and Florida, and south throughout Latin America and the West Indies.


A summer annual in most climates, but possibly a short-lived perennial in warm climates. Plants form dense bunches of short stems and leaves. Distinguished from green kyllinga by the lack of rhizomes and by the bunching habit, rather than the mat-forming habit of green kyllinga. Especially common in very moist to wet soils, such as turf, landscape, and along ditches and banks of ponds.


Plants are short, with narrow leaves arising from the base as well as laterally at the top of the thin stems. Flower heads occur singly or in groups of 2 or 3, without a stalk at the top of the stem. Each flower head is an oval, tight cluster of short spikelets. The lateral leaves below the seed heads are very long, slightly V-shaped, and with a distinct mid-vein.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Control of excessive moisture in turf will help to discourage the growth of most sedges, including the various Kyllinga species. For sedges that reproduce only from seeds control with pre-emergent herbicides can be effective. Post-emergence control in turf will require a selective herbicide which targets the sedges specifically. In non-turf settings a systemic, non-selective herbicide will be effective.

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