Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture
University of California
Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture

Junegrass

Koeleria macrantha (ko-LER-ree-uh ma-KRAN-tha)

Junegrass in the native grass meadow
Junegrass in the native grass meadow

Junegrass is a perennialbunchgrass that is native to much of North America. It has a reputation as an excellent turf grass.

Like many cool-season native grasses, it can go dormant in late summer. But with irrigation it should stay green.

In our meadow, it formed strongly upright growth and it is the smallest of the grasses there.

Junegrass turf on right
Junegrass turf on right
In the turf plot, Junegrass has been slow growing and again, strongly upright. It is not filling in quickly as other species are. It has only needed mowing twice up to mid May.
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