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Shortawn Foxtail (Alopecurus aequalis Sobol.)

Also known as orange foxtail.

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A grass native to a wide range across North America and Europe, common in the more northerly part of its range as well as in Western North America, but scattered and undcommon across much of its range.

Range - Expand

Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Prefers part shade to sun and wet conditions. Tolerates sandy soils.

Prefers anthropogenic habitats in parts of its range, intact natural areas in others.

Found on shores of ponds, edges of bogs, marshes, and swamps, and in ditchs and wet depressions.

Numerous other Alopecurus species occur in North America, both native and introduced.

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