Stems grow in small clusters. Leaves are usually hairless. The inflorescence is a stiffly erect, bristly spike 2 to 6 inches long and often partly included in the upper sheath. Glumes are yellowish, hard, and bowed out at the base. Lemma awns usually are no more than 1 inch long. A grass of open rangeland if moisture is adequate.
Virginia wildrye is a perennial, cool-season, native – 24 to 48 inches tall.
Good grazing for livestock. Fair grazing for wildlife.
Grows on shaded banks, fence rows and open woodlands.
Stem Texture: Hairless/Smooth
Growth Habit: Bunch grass, Grasses
Distribution : 01 - Pineywoods, 02 - Gulf Prairies and Marshes, 03 - Post Oak Savannah, 04 - Blackland Prairies, 05 - Cross Timbers and Prairies, 06 - South Texas Plains, 07 - Edwards Plateau, 08 - Rolling Plains
Distribution refers to the ecological region in Texas that a plant has been found. You can also view a clickable map.
Book: Know Your Grasses (B-182)