quackgrass USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: ELRE4
Elymus repens (L.) Gould
Synonym(s): couch grass, dog grass, quickgrass, scutch, quitch, twitch

Quackgrass is a perennial, cool-season, rhizomatous grass. The stems are green to whitish, erect to decumbent and can grow to 3 ft (0.9 m) tall. The leaves are 6-15.7 in. (15-40 cm) long and usually have a pair of prominent auricles at the base. Flowering occurs in May to September. The flower spikes are 3.9-11.8 in. (10-30 cm) long and have 3-8 florets per spikelet. Quackgrass is native to Europe and occurs in pastures, gardens, roadsides, and other disturbed open areas.

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