Panic attack…

grass with small red flowers

Panic grass with small red flowers.

grass with small red flowers

Panic Grass

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.

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2 Responses to Panic attack…

  1. I love this little grass, too. Walking through the prairie is like a treasure hunt, isn’t it?

    • Yes it is like a treasure hunt. I walk the same path every day, but every walks is just a bit different. I may walk past a plant several days before really seeing it. Or maybe the lighting is just right to bring our it’s beauty.

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