Friend or Foe?

Asked September 4, 2018, 10:20 PM EDT

The pictures below aren't the greatest, but I hope you can identify the plant in them. I noticed it in my back yard. It looks like a hardy grass - but it could also be a hardy weed. I didn't plant it, so I am guessing it's a weed. But it really looks kind of cool, with that brushy head. I have seen them along I-83. I don't want to pull it if it's not a weed - I'm trying to propagate ornamental grasses in my back yard wherever I can. Thanks in advance.

Howard County Maryland

2 Responses

Yes, most consider this a weed but you are correct it does have some ornamental value. It is not something that should be encouraged though. It is foxtail which is a summer annual,
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/giant-foxtail

dr

Good answer, I'll get rid of it. Thanks a lot!