Goosegrass is a major weed of all disturbed places. It includes cultivated crops, gardens and roadsides. It also occurs in plantations and nurseries. Goosegrass grows best in moist, fertile, cultivated soil in full sunlight. Once established it is difficult to kill. It is prevalent in disturbed areas, especially in sandy soil. It is quick-growing and long-living.
The leaves of Goosegrass are folded in the bud. Being distinctively white to silver in color, leaves grow in a clump with the base of the leaves. The ligule is toothed, membranous, and divided at the center. It contains hairs only at the base of the leaf.
Folded in bud
Goosegrass reproduces by seeds.
Flower Seed Head:
Flowers grow during the period of June - Nov. At the tip of the seed stalk, Goosegrass seedheads grow containing 3-7 spikes. The seeds are attached in a zipper appearance on the spike.
Goosegrass are found in Africa. They were long naturalized in Micronesia, American Samoa and rest of the Pacific islands.