Tumble windmillgrass

Chloris verticillata



This bunchgrass grows in small tufts and has erect, flat stems that are usually branched and crowded at the base. Leaf blades are 2 1/2 to 7 inches long and about 1/8 inch wide at the base. Blades are rough and usually folded. The seed head has eight to fifteen seed branches 2 to 6 inches long arising from nodes regularly spaced along the axis. The spikelets are alternate along these branches and have short awns.

Tumble windmillgrass is a perennial, warm-season, native - 6 to 20 inches tall.

Poor grazing for livestock and wildlife.


Occurs in heavy, sandy or ravelly soils of disturbed areas, roadsides, lawns and parks.