Plant Spotting: Sixweeks Fescue
Vulpia octoflora (Walt.) Rydb.
Sixweeks fescue is a native, annual, monocot grass in North America, found throughout most of Canada, the lower 48 states, and northern Mexico. It is found in open, sunny places between shrubs and across burn areas, especially after a fire. Stems can grow up to one meter tall. Leaves are hairy, with blades are 2-10mm wide and folded margins. The flowers are bisexual with small spikelets, which are laterally compressed and are less than 3mm wide. Sixweeks fescue is named such because it supplies about six weeks of forage for cattle after a rain.