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Identify This Grass!!

 
james cookery
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Hello I am working on a personal project and need to know the name of this grass.. it grows naturally on the roadside in north west England. Thankyou
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Deb Stephens
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James,
Grasses can be notoriously hard to identify -- especially when not in flower or with all parts shown. Can you post a picture of an uprooted segment, showing the underground, as well as above ground, parts? A lot of grasses spread through rhizomes and have long stems attached to make a tough thatch, and some just sort of come up in individual clumps. Which is this?
 
Bryant RedHawk
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James, that is quite a request with very little information to go on. I would suggest that you lift a rooted sample and take it to the local horticultural agency.
 
Phillip Swartz
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http://www.scythesupply.com/grasses-an-identification-guide.html

 
Phillip Swartz
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First of all, you're probably going to have to let that grass go to seed. How the seed head is formed and how the seeds are arranged and various physical traits associated with the seed head are of great use in identifying grasses. I have used this book with great success.
 
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