Crabgrass - Digitaria. Crabgrass is a plant that produces a lot of seeds and can pop up in dry, vacant areas. In some geographic locations, certain species of Crabgrass can be used as food. Crabgrass only lasts for one season, so it spreads thousands of seeds in its short lifetime. Crabgrass, also known as finger grass, is common to both hemispheres and favors tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates. This grass will often grow on thin lawns that aren't watered properly and will leave bare patches in the lawn that provide a breeding ground for Crabgrass seeds for the next season.
Crab Grass has many different species found in the United States
Digitaria Sanguinalis, also known as hairy, large, and purple crabgrass. The seeds of this crabgrass are edible and are often used as animal fodder, or sometimes planted for animals to graze on. This plant is incredibly invasive--it can survive droughts, high temperatures, and is hard to kill as it tends to regenerate. As a weed, this can be discouraging and time-consuming, but as food, this can be incredibly efficient for small farming.
Digitaria Ischaemum, also known as smooth crabgrass or small crabgrass. This is an aggressive species of crabgrass, although it is less aggressive than Sanguinalis and can be found in full or partial sunlight. It is common along or inside of cracks on sidewalks, lawns, vacant lots, or anywhere that has heavy soil with loam or clay-loam.
Digitaria Ciliaris, also known as southern crabgrass, summer grass, or tropical crabgrass. This crabgrass has been known to grow up to one meter tall, although it doesn't grow this tall very often. It can also grow in patches up to one meter wide. This species of crabgrass has been used as a folk remedy for the treatment of Gonorrhea.
Depending on its many varieties, crabgrass may look different from one locale to another. One of the most common variations of crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) hosts an emerald green color and a star-shaped pattern and may be purchased for residential or commercial purposes as an appealing, unique, and cost-efficient landscaping option.
Crab Grass is hardy and provides excellent groundcover, branching out rather than growing upward
Its mature is not very tall and given room, it spreads its broad leaves, taking root and making it nearly impossible to destroy. As a landscaping option, crabgrass can be paired with decorative garden items, rocks, and wood, lending itself well to providing a green silky sculptural backdrop to courtyards, shaded areas, gardens, fields, or a home's surroundings as well. Homeowners who live in the country may appreciate crabgrass as it can be food to cows and horses and business owners can boast the advantages of having "grass-fed" beef available to consumers. Germinating about the same time as azaleas, dogwoods, and forsythias, crabgrasses picturesque green carpet appeal will brighten any lawn and give its occupants a unique alternative to a more traditional choice. The dense mat offered by crabgrass seedlings can take root in the hardiness zones of 7-10 and can enhance any outdoor setting given an artistic vision of the buyer.
Crab Grass is a fast-growing alternative to a traditional lawn
Its seedlings grow in early spring, flourish during the summer months (June-August) and can build in a variety of soils as it does not need to be often watered. Warm, gentle rains coax the tender seedlings to life. South Florida lawns consist of crabgrass as do other tropical lawn locations. Crabgrass can be grown in all 48 continental states. Busy homeowners will appreciate how little care and how little lawn maintenance this seedling takes. Crabgrass is a great addition.