Downy Brome
Scientific Name: Bromus tectorum
Also Known As: Downing Chess and Cheatgrass
Weed Family: Poaceae


Downy brome is a winter annual grass that has an upright growth habit. The leaves lack auricles. Downy brome has a large jagged membranous ligule. The leaves are rolled in the bud and are hairy on both sides. The seedhead is very predominant in that it has a droopy panicle. It seeds from late spring into the summer. Downy bome dries over the summer and can become a fire hazard. Downy brome is found throughout the United States south to northern Florida.

Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application when downy brome is young and actively growing.


Germination Dates

Zone-3: April-MayZone-4: AprilZone-5: MarchZone-6: MarchZone-7: March