June - November
0.2 - 0.8
Very similar to (and some authors believe not distinct from) D. ischaemum which has spiklets 1.6 mm long or longer while D. violascens has spikelets that are 1.2-1.5 mm long.
This information is for the genus Digitaria with note that D. ischaemum, D. anguinalis, and D. filiformis are especially valuable to wildlife. Animals that eat its seeds: Ground dove, Mourning dove, Bobwhite quail, Wild turkey, Cowbird, Slate-colored junco, American pipit, Chipping, field, savannah and tree sparrows, Clay-colored and english sparrow, Pine-woods, song, swamp and white-crowned sparrows. Animals that eat the plants: Cottontail rabbit (Martin et al. 1951).
The genus name Digitaria refers to the Latin word "digitus," or finger-like, and describes the type of seed head common to this group. A native of Europe now naturalized throughout most of the United States.
Disturbed openings in pine forests.