Other names: Japanese bristlegrass, nodding foxtail, Chinese foxtail or millet
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland, turf, landscapes and nurseries throughout the U.S., especially in fertile soil.
General description: A clump-forming grass with a seedhead that looks like a fox’s tail.
Seedlings: Leaves are rolled in the bud with short hairs on the upper surface and along the edges. Sheaths are mostly hairless.
True leaves: May reach 16" long and are usually covered with small hairs on the upper surface, except near the base. Ligule is a fringe of hairs and auricles are absent.
Flowers and fruit: Seedhead is a cylindrical bristly panicle with green spikelets. Seedheads will droop as they mature.