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Pest Information

Feather Fingergrass

Feather Fingergrass

  • Latin Name: Chloris Virgata
  • Common Name: Feather Fingergrass
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Feather Fingergrass
Feather Fingergrass


Native to tropical America, now widespread in the western United States.


A summer annual grass weed, common in cultivated fields, orchards, waste places, roadsides and ditchbanks.


The mature plant may grow stems up to 3 feet high. Leaf blades are about 1/4 inch wide and up to 6 inches long. They have a few long hairs at the base. The sheath at the base of the upper leaves may be somewhat inflated. The flower head is composed of from 3 to 10 narrow feather-like spikes that tend to point upward and are close together. These spikes are 1 to 3 inches long, and are whitish to red tinged. The flowers are arranged in 2 rows along each spikelet, and each flower group has a slender awn about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.

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