Other names: Cockspur grass, water grass
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland, nurseries, landscape and turf throughout the U.S.
General description: Plant with thick stems that can grow up to 5 feet tall. One of the few grasslike weeds that are lacking ligules.
Seedlings: Are hairless and without auricles and ligules, and the sheaths are tinted red at the base.
True leaves: Rolled in the shoot, from 4" to 20" long and smooth without ligules or auricles. They have a white midvein.
Flowers and fruit: Seedhead is a terminal panicle that is green or purple and made up of individual spikelets. Seedhead ranges from 4" to 16" long.