Egyptian Crabgrass – also referred to as Crowfootgrass and Durban Crowfootgrass – is a summer annual grassy weed. Preferring disturbed, sandy areas, Dactyloctenium aegyptium can also be found growing in damp to moist soils. Egyptian Crabgrass thrives in humid subtropical climate zones, including much of the southern United States.
Identifying Egyptian Crabgrass -
Egyptian Crabgrass can be identified as a tufted summer annual that is yellow to green in color and spreading and rooting at the lower nodes. Its ligule is short with hairs across the top and its sheaths are smooth and compressed, with some hairs near the ligule. The leaves form with a row of hairs extending outward from the margin along the lower portion of the blade.
Egyptian Crabgrass also features seed head spikelet arranged on two to five “fingers” radiating from a single point. This gives the appearance of a crow’s foot: hence the name Crowfootgrass.
Egyptian Crabgrass Control -
Egyptian Crabgrass can become invasive and reproduces by seed, making many cultural weed control methods ineffective. Professionally applied herbicides are the best method to ensure complete removal.
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