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orchard grass Dactylis glomerata
grass is a native of Eurasia and South Africa. It was introduced to
the United States as a hay and pasture grass and has escaped from cultivation.
Orchard grass may attain a height of one and one-half to five feet. Flowers
are produced in rounded clusters on short, stiff side branches. Flowering
occurs from May through July. Plants may be found growing in roadsides,
fields and waste places and commonly invade an area after it has been
disturbed. It is tolerant of both shade and bright sunshine. Orchard grass
may be found throughout Illinois. Seeds remain viable for two to three
years or more.
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