Setaria verticillata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeSetariaSetaria verticillata


An annual of rubbish tips, dock quaysides, verges and waste ground; also, rarely, as a weed of arable land or garden centres. S. verticillata is a bird-seed, oil-seed, wool, cotton and esparto alien, usually occurring as a casual but sometimes persisting for a few years in S. England. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of Eurasia, but precise range obscured by its spread as a weed; it now grows in warm-temperate and subtropical areas of Eurasia, C. & S. America, Africa, Australia and elsewhere.

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Atlas text references

Ryves TB, Clement EJ, Foster MC
1996.  Alien grasses of the British Isles.
Steel MG, Cavers PB, Lee SM
1983.  The biology of Canadian weeds. No. 59. Setaria glauca (L.) Beauv. and S. verticillata (L.) Beauv. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 63:711-725.