Southern Crabgrass
Digitaria ciliaris

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Digitaria (dij-ih-TARE-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: ciliaris (sil-ee-AIR-iss) (Info)
Synonym:Digitaria adscendens
Synonym:Digitaria sanguinalis var. ciliaris
Synonym:Panicum adscendens
Synonym:Panicum ciliare
Synonym:Syntherisma marginata

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Aurora, Colorado

Gainesville, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Thonotosassa, Florida

Kansas City, Missouri

Brick, New Jersey

Neptune, New Jersey

Salisbury, North Carolina

Owasso, Oklahoma

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

On Oct 11, 2011, alfu from Gainesville, FL wrote:

This grass resists mowing with my human-powered reel mower; I have to pull it out.

Negative

On Jun 7, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I once heard a person say (in all seriousness) "Ain't that a fine stand of crabgrass?" It's the only time in my life I've heard anyone say anything good about crabgrass (it's stuck with me for nearly 20 years!)

I guess you could argue that it *does* hold soil in place in otherwise barren spots, but for most of us, crabgrass is a weed, pure and simple.