Plains Bristlegrass

Plains BristlegrassStreambed Bristlegrass

Setaria leucopila (Scribn. & Merr.) K. Schum.

Whole plant

Family : Poaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

Plains Bristlegrass can be found in sandy to sandy loam soils of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains. It can grow to a height of 3 feet with stems branching from the base and nodes. Small hairs can be seen below the nodes on the stem. The flat or folded leaves are 3 to 14 inches in length and 1/16 to 3/8 inch wide. Plains Bristlegrass begins growth in early spring and may flower more than once a year depending on moisture. Similar to Knotroot Bristlegrass, there is a bristle below each seed, but only one. Plains Bristlegrass has fair economic value for wildlife and good value for livestock.

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