Hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis), also called large crabgrass, is native to Africa, Asia and Europe, but naturalized throughout North America. It is an annual plant that eventually dies off in fall after surviving for about a year. Hairy Crabgrass is a Grass. In 1988, Noble was the first to publicly release a crabgrass cultivar, which was named Red River. Smooth crabgrass is a low-growing, summer annual that spreads by seed and from rootings of the joints (culm nodes) that lie on the soil.