Which Grass is Which? Warm-Season Grasses


Warm-season grasses grow and flower in the summer providing habitat and forage for wildlife and an opportunity to learn to identify them. Grass flowers aren’t very showy, but they are helpful in deciphering which grass is which.

This free webinar will give outdoor enthusiasts the tools to tell Illinois native and non-native grasses apart. The grasses included are species found in natural areas as well as disturbed areas and roadsides. Lawn grasses will not be covered.

This program is a follow up to the spring webinar Which Grass is Which? Cool-Season Grasses.

Register Online

Registration is required. Join live and ask questions or watch the recording later on Extension's YouTube channel

Questions? Contact Erin Garrett at emedvecz@illinois.edu

If you will need an accommodation to participate, please email Erin Garrett at emedvecz@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.



Erin Garrett draws on her own field experiences of identifying grasses across the Midwest to offer tips and tricks to finding out which species you are looking at. Erin is a Energy and Environmental Stewardship Extension educator for University of Illinois Extension serving Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union counties. Erin provides high impact programming to help others develop an appreciation for natural resources and to empower them to make small changes to positively impact the environment.

Erin earned her master’s degree in plant biology from Southern Illinois University in 2017. Her research focused on the interactions of an invasive legume with native forbs, grasses, and legumes. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the College of Saint Benedict in 2015. She serves as a board member for the Southern Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society.

Prior to her time with Extension, Erin was a conservation education representative at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center for Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and worked as a grassland restoration and monitoring technician for The Nature Conservancy.