Quackgrass

Elytrigia repens

Photo of Quackgrass
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Quackgrass is the worst perennial grass we have. A slender, strong rhizome spreads it widely and it also produces seeds. The seed head resembles ryegrass. It has auricles and a crimp in the leaf near the tip in the shape of a W or M. Control is feasible in many crops but persistence is the key word. Our Canadian friends call it Couch grass.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences