Alopecurus pratensis

Alopecurus pratensis_C173-01
Photo: UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: meadow foxtail

Alopecurus pratensis (meadow foxtail) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to be more than 3 feet high and is found in the coastal ranges, desert ranges and northern and southern ranges of California. It is native to Eurasia. It grows in grasslands, wetlands and meadows. It spreads via seeds and rhizomes through agricultural activities.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Alopecurus pratensis Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Alopecurus pratensis_inflorescence(young)_ZoyaAkulova
    Alopecurus pratensis (meadow foxtail) inflorescence (young). Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Alopecurus pratensis_inflorescence_ZoyaAkulova
    Alopecurus pratensis (meadow foxtail) inflorescence. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Alopecurus pratensis_growth habit_ZoyaAkulova
    Alopecurus pratensis (meadow foxtail) growth habit. Photo: Zoya Akulova