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Elytrigia repens

Quackgrass plant base with creeping, sharp-pointed rhizome.

Quackgrass rhizomes.

Quackgrass seeds.

  • The name 'quack' is a variation of the German 'quecke', which means 'to live', referring to the persistent nature of this weed.

  • Native Americans used the rhizomes of quackgrass as a diuretic. Rhizomes are high in minerals and vitamin B1, and can be dried and ground for flour.

  • In Tanzania, quackgrass has been used to prevent arrow poisoning by placing moistened plant material on the wound.

  • A methanol extract made from quackgrass has been used to control mosquito larvae.