Poverty grass (Danthonia spicata) is one grass species you can recognize by its leaves alone. The basal leaves persist for several years, becoming dry, strawlike, and curly. Although the flowering stems can be 2 feet high, the basal leaves remain low, only getting about 5 inches long. Poverty grass is common nearly statewide in dry upland forests, prairies, glades, old fields, roadsides, and other dry, disturbed areas, usually in acidic soils. Hikers frequently see it in dry upland Ozark woods.