Amor Seco

Amor seco

Andropogon aciculatus

Family: Gramineae

Common Name: amor seco, love grass


The stalks are thin and low. They are hardly noticeable until you look down at your pants and see it covered in barbs.

Origin: Also occurs from India to China and southward through Malaya to tropical Australia and Polynesia

  • callus is barbed <– translation: the seeds are sharp and stick to pants, fur and socks
  • found all over the grassy parts of the farm (and makes life difficult for Momo)
  • a weed
  • I’m told it occurs only during rainy season. It’s described as a perennial.
  • its a sign that the pasture has been over-grazed
  • I think its proliferation really must have something to do with over grazing. I noticed that the grassy vacant lots in our subdivision have lots of legume-looking plants and there seems to be more variety in the grasses growing.
  • I asked the Natural Farming group on Facebook if there was a good way to get rid of amor seco or something I could plant to get rid of it.
  • This is the reply from Daisy Langenegger: “colonize with nitrogen fixers, soil enrichers, centrosema, manimanihan and the like. in no time they will defeat your amor secos and they are good for the compost and your farm animals too love them. maganda din alagaan sa farm ang goats and sheep for efficient weed control and nutrient recycling.they don’t tax the land like big ruminants do. Michael TJ Gonzales is one of our forage grass experts and he can provide you the forage seed materials you need …”

weeds and other plants

8 thoughts on “Amor Seco”

    1. Hi Jackie, it’s a weed that usually grows in disturbed areas, especially fields that have been grazed a lot. It’s not in season now though. I haven’t seen it in our farm at this time of the year.

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