Summer annual, heat-loving, bunch-forming seed weed found generally on light, humus-rich, usually nutrient-rich, sandy to loam soils.
Smooth crabgrass [Digitaria ischaemum]
First leaf is short, pointy-ovate, leaves and leaf sheaths glabrous, green, often violet (Picture 1). Ligules white, frequently truncate, no auricles (Picture 2). Low-sprawling growth (Picture 3). Inflorescences are in a finger-like array but not originating from one section of the stalk, with several spike-like clusters (Picture 4). Seeds are small, elliptical and slightly flattened (Picture 5).