It widespread throughout its range and is most often found in man-made habitats, such as hay meadows and lawns.
The seeds are purple, giving the grass its common name. The seeds are also oily, leading to its other common name, "greasegrass". It reproduces by seed and tillers.
- Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
- Illinois Wildflowers
- Carrier, Lyman (1917). "False redtop (Tridens flavus; fig 48)". The identification of grasses by their vegetative characters. pp. 24–5. OCLC 8983665.
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