Common Name: velvetgrass
Species: Holcus lanatus L.
Bayer Code: HOLLA

Velvetgrass is a clumping perennial weed of turf, which can have characteristics of a winter annual in warmer climates. It is found in moist areas in fields, lawns and roadsides. The stems and leaves are densely hairy, and resemble velvet when touched. Velvetgrass was widely used years ago as a forage grass, particularly in tall fescue in the western part of the state. The presence of velvetgrass is due to its former widespread use.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Seedhead / Flower panicleseedhead is a soft, purple panicle with soft hairs on each spikelet
Vernation Type rolledleaves rolled in the bud
Ligule Type membranousup to 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) long, rounded
Growth Season / Life Cycle perennial weed 
Auricle Type absent 
Leaf Blade Tip Shape sharp-pointeddense, velvety, short, hairs above and below, edges with short hairs, sharply creased below
Leaf Blade Width broad, greater than 0.2 in0.2 - 0.4 inches (5 - 10 mm) wide
Stolon Presence absent 
Rhizome Presence absent 
Collar Type dividedhairy
Sheath Margin open 
Sheath Type flattenedsheath has dense, velvety, short hairs