Let's play Name That Grass!

mjzzyzoff(6oh)November 19, 2013

Quite a few coming up, all were in a local park, around a concrete "pond"; pics taken just this past Saturday. I'd like to grow a few but want to know what they are first so I don't unleash a monster in my backyard.

This first one was short, maybe 12" high tops, with bluish seedheads. Some type of dwarf fountain grass?

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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

Another view of #1:

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:22PM
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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

#2 - Pretty positive it's northern sea oats unless there's anything else with those kind of flat seedheads.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:24PM
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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

#3 - This one was a beautiful soft red - loved it.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:33PM
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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

#3 up close

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:34PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Last one is Schizachyrium scoparium. First might be a Setaria sp.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:53PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

The first one reminds me of Setaria (Foxtail). The second is similar to our Chasmanthium latifolium (Broad-leaf Wood Oats). The third looks a bit like Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem). Grasses, though, are tough to ID from photos.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:54PM
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mjzzyzoff(6oh)

#4 - last one for now, all the rest look dead and the same to me. Is there any better way to id grasses if not from photos?

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:17PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

No clue on the last one. Even genus can be difficult to determine without close photos of the spikelets, etc. And for species level, a good lens or dissecting microscope is necessary.

Glad to see that somebody else likes the grasses too. They are very interesting if you can avoid the snakes, chiggers, and ticks :>)

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:43PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Perhaps Koeleria macrantha for the most recent one posted, assuming some of these were planted because they are native prairie grasses.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 12:44AM
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aswhad(belgium-europe)

first is Pennisetum alopecuroides

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 3:39AM
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aswhad(belgium-europe)

first is Pennisetum alopecuroides

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 3:45AM
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linaria_gw

assuming that the stuff was planted in the park, (and just following my first impression and gardener`s gut feeling)
# 4 cold be feather reed grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster. It is a cold season grass, a sterile garden hybrid, in full sun non flopping and emerges far earlier than prairie species.
That specimen looks somewhat starved though.

Bye, Lin

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 7:39AM
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carlaclaws(6b)

I agree, Pennisetum alopecuroides.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 2:40PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Agree with linaria, K. F. feather reed grass.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 3:27PM
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