grass id please?

adidas(6/7)April 10, 2014

(Hoping it's native)...grass clump growing on a Mt in Northern VA. Blades are curly and it doesn't *appear* to be invasive...doesn't seem to spread much. If you can't id it definitively...can you give me a genus?

Thank-you!

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Little Bluestem?

Here is a link that might be useful: Schizachyrium scoparium

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:55AM
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texasflip(Nacogdoches, TX z8)

Or Virginia bluestem (Andropogon virginicus). Never was good at telling those two apart.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 10:04AM
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adidas(6/7)

Thank-you both but not being a "grass" expert I am now confused...both look somewhat similar....how can I tell them apart?

In the link below if you scroll 1/2 down the page you see the 2 side by side...is little blue more of a "clumper" , less spread out?

Here is a link that might be useful: little bluestem next to VA bluestem

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:43PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I'm thinking not Little Bluestem. My Little Bluestem has a more reddish hue to it and the blades up top are more delicate. This is a bad pic but all I have on hand at the moment. I'll see about getting a better pic.

tj

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 4:23PM
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adidas(6/7)

Thanks for your input Tsuga! Yes, I see what you mean. The bluestem also seems to have a fuller look to it. This grass I'm trying to ID has a sparser appearance and def.coarser or broader blades. I also can't tell if little blue has this, but the unknown grass has a lot of curly blades. It has spread a bit on the property. Seems to like dryer areas....scrubby patches...hard to get really dry here as it's a cove forest but this grass likes gravel and sun!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 6:43PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Looks like Andropogon virginicus to me.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 7:46PM
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adidas(6/7)

Thanks Jekeesl! I think you're right. Going w/ the idea that this grass is something I want keep...yay!! Finally, something on the property that isn't invasive or thorny :)!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 8:50PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

I was just agreeing with texasflip.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:20PM
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adidas(6/7)

I see. Well, I think Tsuga has me convinced that it's not little blue w/the pic...so whatever the species is, it's staying :) Thank-you all!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 6:58AM
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