Pest Photo

L. M. Marsh, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,


Imperata cylindrica

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is an invasive plant. It was first detected in Florida in 1991.

Cogongrass is an aggressive, colony-forming perennial grass which often attains a height of 3 to 5 feet and forms dense stands over large areas. Cogon grass can virtually eliminate native plants, is mostly unpalatable to livestock and wildlife, and can create a significant fire hazard. .

For more information about this plant pest, see the CABI data sheet.