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Let's play Name That Grass!

Posted by mjzzyzoff 6oh (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 19, 13 at 22:21

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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Another view of #1:


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


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


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#3 up close


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


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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.


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#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?


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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 :>)


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


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  • Posted by aswhad belgium-europe (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 20, 13 at 3:39

first is Pennisetum alopecuroides


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  • Posted by aswhad belgium-europe (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 20, 13 at 3:45

first is Pennisetum alopecuroides


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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


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I agree, Pennisetum alopecuroides.


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


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