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Pest Information

Buffelgrass

Buffelgrass

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

Pest Details

Buffelgrass
Buffelgrass
Buffelgrass

Origin:

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.

Biology:

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.

Identification:

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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