Common names: common velvet grass; Yorkshire fog
Holcus lanatus (common velvetgrass) is a tufted perennial grass (family Poaceae) that tolerates high levels of heavy metals in the soil and sulfur dioxide in the air. It establishes best in moist conditions and is a facultative wetland indicator.Rating: Moderate
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- Thiel, R., E. Degenstein, et al. (2011). Evaluation of control techniques for velvetgrass (Holcus lanatus) in the Kern Canyon of Sequoia National Park.
- Hutten, M., L. Jones, et al. (2010). Herbicide control of velvet grass in Yosemite National Park. Cal-IPC 2010 Symposium. Ventura, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
- Johnson, B. (2010). Variable responses of a California grassland to the reintroduction of tule elk. Cal-IPC 2010 Symposium. Ventura, CA, California Invasive Plant Council
- Corbin, J. D., M. Thomsen, et al. (2004). Out of the frying pan: Invasion of exotic perennial grasses in coastal prairies. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.
- Clines, J., J. DiTomaso, et al. (2004). Grasses working group. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.
- Antonio, C. D. and J. Gerlach (2003). Annual grasses: Status of biology and control. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
- Shoulders, C. (2001). Successful removal of cape ivy and recovery of riparian vegetation on two acres along Redwood Creek, Marin County: Changes in cover three years after removal. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium 2001. San Diego, CA.
- Cooper, V. K. and B. J. Moritsch (1999). Weeding the wilderness: Non-native plant management at Point Reyes National Seashore. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '99. Sacramento, CA.
Cal-IPC News Articles
- Young, S. L. (2002). Exploring alternative methods for vegetation control and maintenance along roadsides. CalEPPC News. 10: 5-7.