This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"A. F. K.," Thibodaux, La., writes: "In the February number of the Gardener's Monthly, 'C. B.W.,' Crockett's Bluff, Ark., speaks of Coco grass and Johnson's grass. They are entirely distinct. Coco is, with Bermuda grass, the curse of our gardens here. Coco or nut grass grows rapidly, and produces nuts underground at such a depth as to make it difficult to eradicate it. It is extremely tenacious of life, and both in nut and leaf bears a strong resemblance to Chufa. The Johnson grass is the Sorghum halapense. It is also called Cuba grass, Guinea grass, Egyptian grass, Means grass. I think it was lately distributed by the Department of Agriculture at Washington, as the Johnson or Means grass. The planting of this grass lately gave rise to a hotly litigated suit in Mississippi - one farmer attempting to restrain his neighbor from cultivating this grass. It is much dreaded by planters, but as a pasturage plant it has been much lauded by Mr. N. B. Moore, of South Carolina, who claims to have made an income of from seven to ten thousand dollars a year, from a meadow of one hundred acres cultivated in this grass".
In addition we have the following from "H. W. R ," Aiken, South Carolina : " The Coco grass of your Arkansas correspondent (Feb. No., p. 59) is Sorghum halapense. It is well known in our State as Means grass, more westwardly as Johnson grass, besides several other aliases. The underground stems (roots) are similar to those of Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), but much more stout. The root is perennial, the tops dying off in autumn, and starts early in the spring. It grows here five or six feet high, and in rich lands even higher. It may be eradicated by several ploughings in hot, dry weather".