Ok, Ok, So I was lame and didn’t post last week after I said I would. My car broke down last week and I was entertaining my in-laws; plus I had to speak at church this weekend and then go to a wedding shower as well. (PHEW)
SO without further ado – our first weed-of-the-week(WOW) – Orchardgrass! (Otherwise known as Dactylis glomerata)
This temperate-climate grass (Poaceae family) is actually a “sometimes weed”. In fact, it is commonly planted as a good forage for animals; BUT is usually looked at in lawns as a weed. Try feeding it to your chickens, guinea pigs, hamsters, goats…
Leaves are a bluish green, and very long. They are noted to be distinctly flat and V-shaped in cross section (not as if you’d do a cross section while gardening…but it won’t be completely round and almost flat-ish – see below.) When mature, they’re somewhat rough to the touch. Note the ligule here – a key identifier in grass; here a finely toothed and a bit membranous.
Flowers occur from late spring through mid-summer on a stiff branchy panicle, with fan shaped spikelets. The seeds appear to be tightly packed in there.
I don’t have any beef with this plant. If its green, it stays!
If YOU find this plant, here is what it might help tell you:
– you have a sunny and/or part shady area
– you may be near a farm or previous farm site, disturbed area (think empty lots), and roadsides.
– you might have mulched with mulch hay, in which case the hay was mature and cut with seeds in it (oops!)
– you might notice that it’s in a dry area, this grass doesn’t like flooded, poorly draining, or wet areas.