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James Dale, Branch Director


P.O. Box 5207
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Telephone: 662.325.7773
Fax: 662.325.0397


Cogongrass Identification Photos
(click for a larger view & description)


Left to right:
Off center Midrib of Leaf
Needle-life Rhizomes
Cogongrass Flower - Blooms occurs between March and May
Top picture - Flowering cogongrass on roadside
Bottom Picture - Cogongrass overtaking pines


The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce has assembled a task force of scientists, educators, government officials and agricultural leaders to recommend a comprehensive survey and control program for cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) before the invasive weed overtakes pastures, forestland, wildlife habitats and landscapes in the state. Many counties in Mississippi have active infestations of the weed. Control in many of those areas has become a difficult and expensive battle for landowners and livestock producers.

» Cogongrass Fact Sheet (PDF)
» Cogongrass Treatment Options
  and Guidelines