Big cenchrus

Cenchrus myosuroides



This bunchgrass has smooth, stout stems that grow from a decumbent base. The inflorescence is 2 1/2 to 12 inches long; each spikelet is a one-flowered bur with the bristles united at the base. Inner bristles are as long as the spikelet; outer bristles are shorter. A good grass for seeding old fields and denuded rangelands where only cattle are to be grazed. The spiny spikelets will cling to wool and mohair. Decreases with heavy grazing.

Big cenchrus is a perennial, warm-season, native - 36 to 70 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Fair grazing for wildlife.


Grows on a variety of soils from sands to clays. Usually found growing in brushy ravines and ditches and along streams.