Egyptian Grass

Dactyloctenium aegyptium

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dactyloctenium (dak-ty-lok-TEE-nee-um) (Info)
Species: aegyptium



Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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Light Shade


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May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Sebring, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 26, 2005, jnana from South Florida, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Horrible stuff can't get rid of it. I have tried and tried with no luck.


On Jun 6, 2005, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

What's worse than a negative comment here? It grows out of my lake and on to my dog....UGH


On Feb 27, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Egyptian Grass or Durban Crowfootgrass (Dactyloctenium aegyptium) is an extremely invasive, hard-to-get-rid-of, non-native grass in the central and southern United States, south throughout Florida. It is annoying, invades lawns, is unattractive and also invades natural habitats from full sun to light or medium shade. It is given one of it's common names, Durban Crowfootgrass, due to the star-shaped, pointed sharp seedheads, which resemble an outspread crow's foot. They can be painful to tread on due to the spines at the ends of the 'feet' and the curved-back spines which cover the seedheads.

This is an annual, seasonal, weedy grass that grows in zones 5a through 11. It invades many types of habitats, especially dry, sandy habitats or exposed dry habitats such as disturbed si... read more