giant foxtail

Giant foxtail (Setaria faberi) seed heads. Photo: Betty Marose

Updated: May 11, 2022

Life cycle

Giant foxtail (Setaria faberi) is a non-native summer annual grass.

Growth habit

Grows up to 5' tall; produces a bristly, spike-like seedhead; leaves and seed head are arching

Reproduction

Seeds

Conditions that favor growth

Untended and unmowed open areas

Photos

Ligule

Giant foxtail leaf collar showing the hairy ligule and leaf sheath

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org

Flower

Giant foxtail has a spike-like flower.

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org

Growth habit

Growth habit of giant foxtail

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org

Management in a lawn

Mow before seed heads form.

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