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KARAN A. RAWLINS, www.bugwood.org/Special to the Chronicle
Cogongrass is a narrow, yellow-green colony grass that forms very dense, circular patches and can thrive in almost any habitat. This plant has earned a place on the top 10 U.S. Federal Noxious Weed List, as well as the reputation of being one of the most problematic invasive plants in the world. Applicants who are willing to retreat infested areas for at least two years may qualify for a generous grant that can provide up to a 50 percent reimbursement on the cost of herbicides up to $100 per year for the first acre and $75 per year for each additional acre. Applications are encouraged.

With guest writer Alicia Campanella.

Cogongrass, also known as Imperata cylindrica, is a species of grass native to Southeast Asia. Because of Florida’s warm, moist climate, it has found a comfortable home here, and has quickly invaded vast acres of our state’s wildlands. 

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