Posts in Grasses

Sweetgrass occurs in wet areas throughout the prairie. The stem is 30–60 cm high, with leaves 5 cm long and 2–6 mm wide. The seed heads are 10–15 cm long. The amazing quality of this grass is its wonderfully sweet fragrance. Evidence of the enthusiasm the Blackfoot felt for this grass is in the four names they gave it—all meaning fragrant smell.

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Plains Muhly

Look for plains muhly on slopes and crests of moderately to strongly eroded hillsides. This slender, wiry grass grows 15–35 cm tall with the flowers in July in very slender panicles up to 10 cm long. In the Lethbridge area, this grass is sometimes parasitized by an insect, causing a malformation of the seeds that become swollen and bent to the side.

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