I love finding this little grass in the prairie. You could easily walk right past it, but once you see it you start to notice it everywhere. It’s particularly noticable when in bloom. The flowers are very small, but there are quite a few of them.
The grass I’m speaking of is panic grass. It is in the grass family and is related to millet. It is commonly found in a variety of exposed, well-drained sites, including prairies. There are 20 species of panic grass and this is just one… but which one I don’t know. It can be challenging to tell which grass is which and often requires looking at the roots. I’m quite happy to just know it is one of the panic grasses… and to let it live to bloom another season.