Invasive Horse Pasture Weed

Asked August 25, 2019, 2:43 PM EDT

I have a plant that is beginning to take over my horse pasture, just recently. Any idea what it is? How can I get rid of it? Is it perennial? Is it toxic to horses? Thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland pasture jointhead arthraxon weed

1 Response

The weed looks like it may be Arthraxon hispidus, jointhead arthraxon, small carpetgrass, a low growing annual grass.
See links from Virginia Tech (also describes look alikes) and the Maryland Invasive Species Council for identifying characteristics
https://weedid.cals.vt.edu/weedimg/277
http://mdinvasives.org/iotm/sept-2017/

We recommend that you contact your equine specialist for more information in your county
https://www.montgomeryscd.org/equine2

Marian