A Field Guide to the Prairie

June Grass
Photo: Ken Robertson
June Grass
Koeleria macrantha
Grass Family (Poaceae)
Habitat/Range: Common in dry upland prairies and open upland savannas throughout the tallgrass region, becoming a dominant grass in some northern prairies.

Low, bunching grasses up to 2 feet tall, with most of the leaves at the base. The leaves are less than 1/8 of an inch wide and up to 1 foot long. Flowers are a pale green and form a narrow, cylindrical spike at the top of the stem.


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