Lolium perenne L.
Perennial Rye Grass, English Rye Grass
Family - Poaceae
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Flowering - May - August.
Habitat - Pastures, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads. Widely cultivated.
Origin - Native to Europe.
Other info. - This species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant is cultivated nearly worldwide for forage grass and as a ground cover in disturbed areas. It is commonly known as "Rye Grass." This is an easy species to identify because of the feather-like appearance of its inflorescence. The leaves of young plants are bright green and shine in sunlight.
Photographs taken in Van Buren, MO., 5-26-03.