Slender meadow foxtail – Alopecurus myosuroides

Alopecurus myosuroides

Alopecurus myosuroides

The slender meadow foxtail (Alopecurus myosuroides) is an annual grass that grows as a shrub. It prefers medium and stiff soils, rich in calcium, with groundwater or moderately moist.

Common names: slender meadow foxtail, black-grass, twitch grass, and black twitch.


The stalks are vertical, growing up to 50-cm high.

Alopecurus myosuroides - small plant

Alopecurus myosuroides - small plant 1

The cotyledons are smooth, twisted as corkscrews, with a dark violet color on the base part and with a narrow limb. The cotyledons don’t have hairs.

The real leaves are narrow and grooved, with edgy margins, without stipules, with long tillers, unevenly placed.

The flowers are mono-flower spikelets, grouped in small spikes, 8-cm long, narrow on both ends and slightly red sometimes.

Alopecurus myosuroides - flower

Alopecurus myosuroides - flower 1

The germination period is the autumn season and the germination depth is up to 10-cm.

The blossoming period ranges from May to June and the plant can produce between 40 to 400 seeds.  

How to fight this pest plant

The herbicides that can be used to fight the slender meadow foxtail are: Agil 100 EC, Betanal Expert, Equip, Kerb 50 W, Principal.

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