Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Katherine E. Bolin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Junegrass

Scientific name
Koelaria cristata
Plant Family
Plant Group
Attractive small native bunchgrass with distinctive clusters of dense flower spikes up to 1 1/2' tall that turn tan when dry. A cool season grass that grows mostly in spring or early summer (hence its name). Common from short grass prairies in West to dry sandy habitats in the Midwest. Grass family.
Identification Hints

Attractive small native bunchgrass with distinctive clusters of dense flower spikes up to 1 1/2' tall that turn tan when dry. A cool season grass that grows mostly in spring or early summer (hence its name). Common from short grass prairies in West to dry sandy habitats in the Midwest.

Did You Know?

Junegrass leaves begin to emerge in the spring. During the summer, often in June or July, the flowers bloom. Then, around September, the flowers turn to fruits and the seeds are dispersed. Junegrass isĀ  a popular species for restoration projects and is sometimes used for grazing cattle.

States
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY