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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Grass (Native Species)


Chris Grondahl photo: Junegrass
Chris Grondahl
  Junegrass
(Koeleria macrantha)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: mixed grass and short grass prairies
Description: Short-lived, cool-season, perennial bunchgrass. Occurs in clumps with narrow spike-like seed heads (2-5 inches long) that open slightly during pollination. Matures early in the season.
Height: 6-20 inches
Other names: Prairie junegrass
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Junegrass is a forage for livestock and wildlife but can easily be overgrazed because of its early maturation. As grazing pressure increase its abundance decreases.


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