Grass Family (Poaceae : Paniceae)
Latin Name: Setaria leucopila
(Synonym: Setaria macrostachya)
Value: Wildlife – fair to good
Livestock – good
Bristlegrass has only one bristle below each seed. The stems branch at the base and the nodes, hairs are located just below the stem nodes. Leaf blades are often folded and rough. Starts growth mid-spring, flowers from May to September, may produce more than one seed crop depending on available moisture. This grass is a good seed producer; reproduces from seeds and tillers. This grass cannot withstand heavy grazing; usually does not occur in dense stands. Adapted to prairies, dry woods, and rocky slopes; in open shade of brush and small trees where it is protected from livestock; most abundant in alkaline soils along gullies and streams.