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Pest Information



  • Latin Name: Pennisetum Ciliare
  • Common Name: Buffelgrass
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details



An introduced weed that now can be found in the United States from California to Florida and in Hawaii, as well as sporadically in the Northeast and Midwest.


This is a perennial weed that reproduces from seeds, and will re-grow from the roots if the foliage dies back or is removed. It is a clump-forming plant that grows in many habitats, including landscape, roadsides, and disturbed areas.


Numerous thin stems arise from the base of the plant and grow to 3 feet in height. Stems are narrow and tend to recline, giving the plant a drooping, spreading, or sprawling posture. Leaves are very wide at the base, with long hairs at this point, and may be up to 1 foot in length. The flower head is a compact, elongate spike around 6 inches in length, with the flowers arranged closely along it.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

A systemic herbicide will be needed to control this perennial weed.

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