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Pest Information



  • Latin Name: Ventenata Dubia
  • Common Name: Ventenata
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details



Native to Eurasia, widespread in the western United States. A common grass that grows in almost any situation as a low, dense cover. Once it’s seed panicles emerge it becomes useless as a forage grass, with seeds that have sharp, stout awns.


A winter annual, seeds germinating in the fall and winter, and plants maturing by early summer.


Growth may be up to 2 feet high, with slender stems. Leaves emerge along the stems, and are rolled or folded noticeably. Seed heads are panicles with only a few, open, widely separated spikelets that assume a drooping attitude as they mature and gain weight. The full panicle may be 8 inches long, light yellow and distinctly shiny. The spikelets are around 5/8 inch long, with the terminal flowers having awns that are up to 1 inch long.

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