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Pest Information

Bald Rush

Bald Rush

  • Latin Name: Rhynchospora Nitens
  • Common Name: Bald Rush
  • Other Names: Short-beak beaksedge

Pest Details

Bald Rush


Native to North America, and in the U.S. it is found from Texas to Florida and north along the east coast to New York, as well as in Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.


This is primarily an annual weed, although in warm climates it may be a short-lived perennial. Reproduction is from seeds.


Mature plants are of medium height, with long slender stems that terminate with the flower heads. These occur as small spikes placed singly and well spaced along the branches of the stems.

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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