Scientific Name: Dactylis glomerata
Common Name: orchard grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: Africa, Central / west Asia, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like), Weed (horticultural)
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Arching
Form: Vase
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses:
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Spikelet, Green-yellow, Jun
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown
Key ID Features:
Strongly tufted grass from fibrous roots, stolons absent, clump forming habit in mowed turf; stems hollow, erect, up to 150cm tall; leaf sheaths closed, venation folded, blades 2-10mm wide, strongly V-shaped in section, light green to bluish green, auricles absent, ligules whitish 2-8mm long, margins finely jagged, fringed with small hairs, and sometimes with jagged top or splitting lengthwise, sheaths keeled, strongly compressed, especially at crown..