Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland, turfgrass, landscapes from Massachusetts to South Dakota and Kansas, south to Texas and Florida and on the West Coast.
General description: Grass with flattened stems radiating outward from a distinctive white center.
Seedlings: The first leaf is three times longer than it is wide and opens parallel to the ground. Sheaths are flattened and smooth and the white base is already noticeable.
True leaves: Blades reach up to 14" long, are usually hairless and folded along the midvein. Sheaths are flattened and whitish at the base.
Flowers and fruit: Seedheads have two to 13 spikes, each up to 6" long, that occur in clusters at the top of the stems. There are two rows of flattened spikelets along each spike.