Dichanthelium scoparium (Lam.) Gould - Velvet Witchgrass
Family - Poaceae
Sheaths and stem.
Arrow shows ligule of short trichomes.
Flowering - May - August.
Habitat - Ditches, low woods, marshes, flatwoods, bogs, wet meadows.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its villous stems and leaf sheaths. The fuzzy hairs can be seen at a great distance. The glabrous band below each node is a good characteristic to look for also. This is a grass that is worthy of cultivation.
Photographs taken off Hwy 80 near Selma, AL., 6-9-05.