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Yellow Foxtail : Kentucky IPM

Yellow Foxtail (Setaria glauca)


Yellow foxtail is a warm-season annual grass that grows up to 50 inches tall.

The seed head is generally more erect than the head of giant foxtail. Yellow foxtail is sometimes called pigeongrass or yellow bristlegrass.

Yellow foxtail
Yellow foxtail structure Yellow foxtail has pubescence on the upper surface of the blade near the collar only. The sheath and the remainder of the blade are smooth. The ligule is a ring of hairs 1mm long.

Other foxtails found in Kentucky include green foxtail (Setaria viridis) and giant foxtail (Setaria faberi).


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