Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Fountaingrass

Purple seedheads bending stalks of fountaingrass in grassland habitat

Fountaingrass is a perennial grass introduced to the southwest from Africa and Asia. It thrives in warmer, drier areas and competes with many native species as an invasive species.

Fountaingrass may grow to heights of 3 1/2 or 4 1/2 feet. The leaf sheath is about 1 1/2 to 3 inches long and smooth. Leaf blades are 8-25 inches in length but very narrow–about 1/10 of an inch with a smooth upper surface. It has low forage value.

Bunchy growth habit of fountaingrass with purple-tinged seedheads
Bushy seedheads and slender leaf blades in typical bunchgrass habit

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