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PlantFiles: Giant Foxtail
Setaria faberi

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Setaria (set-TARE-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: faberi (FAB-er-ee) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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; sow indoors before last frost
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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1 positive
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive strange2u On Oct 27, 2010, strange2u from Hinsdale, IL wrote:

I like the look and feel of the seed head and the naturalized look in gardens. So, I'm giving it a cautious positve rating. Will see if it goes crazy, in my gardens.

Negative melody On Jan 3, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a plant that can spread like wildfire with little or no help. The seeds can remain viable for quite some time and will sprout just when you think you have it all pulled out.

Cattle won't graze on it, so it is a liability as pasture grass. Birds like the seeds, but there are way more seeds to go around than the birds will eat.

It preferrs cultivated fields and is a hinderance to grain farmers.

Florists like the seed heads to use in arrangements, and it is attractive nodding along the roadways, but control of this weed is difficult, and it can adversely affect the environment in some instances.

Negative cherishlife On Nov 13, 2004, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is listed as a noxious weed by Arkansas and California in


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

Morrilton, Arkansas
Aurora, Colorado
Hinsdale, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky

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