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Perennial Ryegrass

GRASSES

GENUS/SPECIES


Lolium perenne

FAMILY


Poaceae

SYNONYMS


Common: English Ryegrass, Winter Ryegrass, Ray Grass

DISTRIBUTION


Found in all 50 United States

Comments

Perennial Ryegrass is a tufted, bunching, hairless grass that grows from 1-2 feet tall. There are numerous long, narrow, stiff leaves near the base of the plant. The leaves have parallel veins on the upper surface and a smooth, glossy undersurface. The flower forms in the spikelets on alternating sides of the stem. Each spikelet has a single glume on the side away from the stem with between 4 and 14 florets without awns. The anthers are pale yellow, and it flowers from May to November.