Plant ID forum: grass identification

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Name: Mikhoyel
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Mikhoyel
May 16, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I planted this grass from a four inch plant many years ago and do not remember what it is. I don't know if it is perennial or annual but think annual. I let it flower and go to seed just in case before I mow the field & it is now all over. I love it. I'm a florist and use it seasonally in bouquets. At first glance John Greenlee thought it might be Hordeum brachyantherum "meadow barley" but looking it up online the inflorescence does not match. It is very thin, 3-4 inches long, very soft, and I don't recall ever seeing barley-like kernels. I will watch it carefully this season but I think the seeds are very, very fine, almost like powder. It grows knee to mid-calf high on the average height person. Thanks for any help.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Welcome!

It looks like purple fountain grass but I'm not sure.

When I saw your location, I thought it was going to be rattlesnake grass. Smiling

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Henhouse
May 16, 2017 4:55 PM CST
John Greenlee would be the one to know.. Reminds me of Eyebrow Grass.. Bouteloua... but I don't think so.. The arrangement is lovely.
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sooby
May 16, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Welcome!

Just wondering why you don't think it matches Hordeum brachyantherum?

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/...
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 9:51 PM CST
sooby said: Welcome!

Just wondering why you don't think it matches Hordeum brachyantherum?

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/...


That's a good question. It seems to be all over the west coast.
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Name: Mikhoyel
coastal Northern California, M
Mikhoyel
May 18, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Maybe it is Hordeum brachyantherum but 99% of the photos I've seen don't look like it to me. Here is a photo I took just now in my palm. The inflorescence has of course greatly lightened over the last week and two. John Greenlee had seen only my photos, not the actual plant. It's definitely not Pennisetum fountain grass, I know that grass well, and it does not grow like Bouteloua though Eyebrow Grass would be a perfect name for my grass. Considering how extensive an area Meadow Barley grows in I have never seen any grass that looks exactly like mine.
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