Cockspur grass – Echinochloa crus-galli

Echinochloa crus-galli

Echinochloa crus-galli

The cockspur grass (Echinochloa crus-galli) is an annual grass that loves heat.

It is usually encountered on moist soils, rich in humus and in nutritious, clay-sandy elements.

Common names: ockspur, barnyard millet, Japanese millet, water grass, common barnyard grass, or barnyard grass.


The stalks are vertical or geniculate, 30-100-cm tall. Their knots have congeries covered in hairs.

Echinochloa crus-galli - plant

Echinochloa crus-galli - plant 1

The real leaves are dark-green or gray-green and wide. The real leaves have a few rows of hairs at the base of the limb, without any ligules.

The flower is a uni-flower spikelet, 2-3-mm long, stuffed into pseudo-spikes that are placed one in front of the other, or alternately placed.

Echinochloa crus-galli - flower

Echinochloa crus-galli - flower 1

The germination period is during the summer season.

The blossoming period is during July – October.

How to fight this pest plant

The herbicides that are recommended when trying to fight the cockspur grass are: Adengo, Dual Gold, Fusilade Forte, Kelvin Top, Kerb.

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