Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Junegrass, prairie

Herbarium specimen showing seedheads, leaves, and roots

Prairie junegrass is a highly variable, moderately long-lived, perennial bunchgrass that grows ½ to 2 feet tall. Its clusters of narrow, markedly veined, light green to bluish-green leaves grow to about seven inches tall.

Active growth begins early in spring, providing good forage for livestock, deer, antelope, and elk. Declining palatability during seed formation rebounds in late summer when there is adequate moisture.

Herbarium specimen showing seedheads, leaves, and roots
Feathery inflorescence
Close-up of spikelets in bloom
Close-up of a flower in bloom
Leaf sheath and leaf blade
Seedhead tinged with pink
bBunchgrass with green bushy base and reddish seedheads on taller stems.

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