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PlantFiles: 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)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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:
Unknown - Tell us


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

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No positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral alfu 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.

Neutral Monocromatico 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.

Negative deborahgrand 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.

Neutral melody 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.


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

Eustis, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Benton, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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