Other names: Pearl or smooth millet, cattail grass, yellow bristlegrass
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 and have long silky hairs on the upper surface near the base. Sheaths are hairless.
True leaves: Blades may reach 12" long and have long silky hairs at the base. Ligule is a hairy fringe and auricles are absent.
Flowers and fruit: Seedhead is a cylindrical panicle, about 6" long, with bristly green spikelets. The bristles turn yellow at maturity.