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How to Identify Fowl Manna Grass

Fowl Manna Grass, Glyceria striata, is a native, cool season grass found in every county in Illinois in forests and wetlands. It grows two to three feet tall and its smooth stems have just a few leaves along them. You can also find a tall, white membranous ligule in the collar region. Fowl Manna Grass produces a panicle inflorescence that typically droops to one side. The small spikelets are arranged snugly next to one another and look like they have overlapping scales.

This video is part of the Grasses at a Glance series by Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Educator Erin Garrett, University of Illinois Extension. Explore the playlist. Read our blog Grasses at a Glance.