Plant identification grasses

The following photos will allow you to identify grasses. Click on image to view plant details.

What are grasses?

Grasses are plants with long and thin leaves. Their leaves are also called culms or grass blades.

Grasses can grow as annuals or perennials, spreading by seeds and runners. They are found almost worldwide and have adapted to many habitats. Some species grow in the sea.

Not all grasses are related to each other.

Not all grasses are green. Some have bluish or brown blades.

Popular grasses

For human nutrition, the Gramineae family is probably the most important. It includes such popular cereals as Wheat, Barley, Corn, Rice, Spelt and Rye.

By the way, Buckwheat is not a cereal and is not related to the above-mentioned species.

In temperate regions popular as garden plants are some Sedges (genus Carex) from the Cyperaceae family. Like the Japanese Sedge (Carex oshimensis).

Popular perennials from the Gramineae family are Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana) and Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis).