I have a weed growing in my yard that is distinguished by its spindly seed stalks with individual seeds at the ends of branching fingerlets. It grows in distinct clumps. In the picture below, note the seed stalk to the lower left. Does anyone know what this is? Looking at other similar questions, this does not look to me like dallisgrass or annual bluegrass.

Picture of grass with seed stalk in lower left.

  • This has helped me tremendously in the past. turf.purdue.edu/tool
    – Evil Elf
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 12:26
  • Excellent site, Evil Elf! I saved that one. Grass ID is the toughest of all ID's (next would be roses). This is a great site. @Mark Foskey go through this grass key as you are the only one that is able to touch, cut this plant. Is this area in a bit of shade? That would make the leaves wider but those seed heads and light green color and shallow roots indicate Poa annua. Awful weed for lawns. Yet I know lots of golf courses that have their entire grass crop made of this stuff. Hell on lawns of those people who live by those golf courses
    – stormy
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 18:43

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It's not Poa annua, Annual Bluegrass. I believe it might be Dichanthelium laxiflorum, a well-behaved native that pops up in disturbs sites. Soft Tuft Witchgrass.



My guess is Poa annua, annual bluegrass. Why do you think this is not a viable ID? Usually spread by birds. A favorite grass for golf courses. Shallow rooted, light green color, the seeds lighten this plant even more causing a larger contrast to the grasses in a lawn. Easiest way to deal with annual bluegrass is to water your garden and lawns deeply and make sure you allow the soil to dry out in between watering. The grasses with deeper roots by being forced to grow deeper to reach the moisture will be able to out compete the shallow rooted grasses as they are not able to find moisture. Allowing your grasses to never get shorter than 3" will curb any germination of Poa annua by shading the soil.

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