The Grass Guide: Orchardgrass
Name: Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata)
Life cycle: Cool-season perennial
Native to: Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia
Uses: Pasture and hay
Identification: Leaf blades have a distinct line down the middle, bluish-green in color, seed head appears in dense clusters, flattened appearance at the base of the tiller

Orchardgrass is a relatively shade-tolerant cool-season perennial that can provide high yield and forage quality under good management. It is well known as a desirable grass for horses, both for hay and pasture.

Orchardgrass stands can thin with harsh winters or high

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