Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland throughout the southeastern U.S.
General description: Spreading plant that can reach up to 32" tall with stems 4½ feet long. It can root at the lower stem nodes.
Seedlings: Sheaths and blades are covered all over with soft hairs. First leaves are relatively broad for a grass.
True leaves: Blades can grow 3" to 11" long and are fairly wide. They are also covered with short soft hairs. Ligule is membranous with a fringe of hairs and auricles are not present.
Flowers and fruit: Seedhead is a simple, narrow spike that reaches up to 10" long. Each spike contains two rows of spikelets.