Tapered rosette grass (Dichanthelium acuminatum) is a tufted perennial grass with green foliage—usually quite hairy on the leaf undersides and the parts that wrap around the stem—and airy, branching panicles of greenish to purplish spikelets in late spring to early summer, followed by rounded seeds. Later in the growing season, it produces branching stems and usually flowers again; you may not notice the flowers but the tufts of leaves along the stems are distinctive. This is not a showy grass that will star in a garden border, but it has value as a host plant for various butterflies and a food source for many other insects and wild birds, so it can have a place in a meadow or wildlife planting. Native to many parts of North America. Full sun; average to moist soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.
Collected in early July 2021 from plants that grow wild in my meadow in Bucks County, PA. At least 25 seeds.
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