Thursday, July 25, 2013


We have a lot of grass here.   Not because we're native prairie, we're not.   When left to itself, this land reverts to woodland.

Well, first it reverts to brambleland, and then it reverts to woodland. 

But because the land was cleared to make room for farming and cattle, and farmers wanted hay, they planted grass.   It's pretty grass, too.

This is one of my favorites - Eastern bottlebrush grass  [Elymus hystrix].   It looks like fireworks.

This is another one we see out here - Orchardgrass [Dactylis glomerata].   It grows all over the US.

This is Nodding foxtail grass - Setaria faberi.  I've seen it called Japanese bristlegrass, too.  Turns out there are a lot of 'foxtail' grasses out there - about a dozen different genuses [geni?] with many different species in each.  

Our cats LOVE this grass and we often pick it to bring inside for them to chase around.   They love it as much as catnip. 

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