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Koeleria cristata

June Grass

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Koeleria cristata (June Grass)

June Grass has pale green-silvery colored flowers which bloom from May to July and look like long, fuzzy spikes. Its lower stems are covered with small hair. The stem is hollow at the bottom of the plant. June Grass is a long-lived, cool season grass commonly found in sandy soil of dry upland prairies and open woods. June Grass grows straight up, has relatively fine leaves and has a shallow root system. June Grass has small and skinny leaves.

June Grass likes to grow where there is 10 inches or more annual

precipitation. June Grass prefers sandy or coarser soils but will grow on clay loam soils. June Grass will grow in the dry prairies of Midwestern USA.

June Grass can be found growing in sandy or coarser soils. June Grass can survive through very strong winds, snow, and very hot days. This grass can survive through all this because it has a very strong root system.

Additional Information:
June Grass is usually eaten by grazing livestock and is also eaten by wild animals during the summer time. Because it does not cure well, it is only considered to be a fair forage plant. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds.

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12-24 Inches


- Inches


Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Great choice for edging a natural garden, or in containers.

Good Companions
Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis), Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), Missouri Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa), White Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting




Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals
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