European Grasses

by Carl Strang

Yesterday I shared some newly flowering native grass species. Today I’ll shift to European imports, generally regarded as weeds. The first is decidedly unpopular.

Hairy crab grass is a familiar enemy of lawn enthusiasts. This one is growing in parking lot cracks at Mayslake Forest Preserve.

Two species of foxtails also have appeared at Mayslake. The first is giant foxtail.

Not only is it relatively large, but the spikes have a distinctive droop.

More diminutive, but sharing the bushy fox’s tail impression in its spikes, is the green foxtail.

This one I found growing in mulched areas beneath trees on the mansion grounds.

None of these weedy grasses is common at Mayslake, a tribute to the work of restoration volunteers and groundskeepers.


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