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Crowfoot Grass, Goosegrass, Wire Grass

Eleusine indica

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eleusine (el-YOO-sy-nee) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)



Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

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Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Eustis, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Champaign, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Benton, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Wayne, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 1, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

A common annual weed in the South up into the southern Midwest, up to the south end of the Great Lakes. Sort of pretty for a weed grass with the several flowering strands like a goose's foot.


On Oct 12, 2011, alfu from Gainesville, FL wrote:

Tough to mow. Unsightly but harmless. But on the sandy shoulder of a road in Florida, it may be the only ground cover, so I give it a neutral.


On Aug 16, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

It is a weed over here, and in our climate it grows anywhere. Because of its small size, itīs not as agressive as other weedy grasses, like Guinea Grass (Panicum maximum, a fast growing and spreading 2+ meters tall grass), so itīs easier to control.

However, lots of people use this plant as remedy. Itīs so popular in some places, that people even cultivate them.


On Aug 16, 2004, deborahgrand from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

Don't mean to be a "smartie", but this is considered a weed here -- invades every lawn on every street. If anyone wants some, I'll be glad to dig up mine and send it.


On Jun 13, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Also known as Crowfoot Grass, it is an annual from Asia.

Mostly seen in the South, it thrives in about any kind of soil. The seeds are borne on fingerlike spikes ,usually in a fingerlike arrangement.

Seeds are a food source for songbirds.