Originally a native of the Mediterranean region, it is now grown commercially in several parts of the world for birdseed.
This large, coarse grass has erect, hairless stems, usually from 2 to 6 feet (0.61 to 1.83 m) tall. The ligule is prominent and membranous, 1⁄4 inch (0.64 cm) long and rounded at the apex. The gradually tapering leaf blades are 3 1⁄2 to 10 inches (8.9 to 25.4 cm) long, 1⁄4 to 3⁄4 inch (0.64 to 1.91 cm) wide, flat, and often harsh on both surfaces. Invasive in the Eastern Alps, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
How to get rid of:
Weeds can be removed manually by uprooting or cutting them close to the ground from time to time.