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Giant Foxtail : Kentucky IPM

Giant Foxtail


Foxtails are warm-season annual grasses and giant foxtail is the one most commonly found in Kentucky. Giant foxtail has short hairs on the top surface and margins of the leaf blade. These hairs may feel rough when touched. The ligules of foxtails are hairy.

The mature seed head, which resembles a fox's tail, gives rise to the name of this group of weeds. The large head of giant foxtail is generally seen in the nodding position. Giant foxtail can be found in corn and soybean fields as well as along roadsides, and in lawns, gardens and turf.

Other foxtails found in Kentucky include yellow foxtail (Setaria glauca) and green foxtail (Setaria viridis).

giant foxtail ligules

Giant Foxtail


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