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PlantFiles: 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

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3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative jnana 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.

Negative Happy_1 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

Negative NativePlantFan9 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 sites, vacant lots, fields, lawns, and roadsides and weedy sites. It can also invade somewhat moist sites. It also invades coastal sites such as dunes, coastal grasslands, coastal scrub and beaches.

It is nearly impossible to get rid of once established and SHOULD NOT BE PLANTED! It can become SUCH A PEST ON YOUR LAWN!

It is a major pest throughout Florida in lawns and on roadsides and medians as well as in many varied open sites, in sun or down to medium shade.


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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