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Use this print-and-carry sheet to identify and control invasive reed canary grass on your Missouri property.

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River Oats

River oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is a native cool-season grass that is common nearly statewide in bottomlands, stream valleys, and other moist places. Though it can spread prolifically, it has become popular as a shade-tolerant ornamental in gardens, and the dried seed heads are used in flower arrangements.

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Sideoats Grama (Flowers)

Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) has elongated flowering heads with 30-70 spikes that all hang downward on one side of the stem. Each spike holds 2-8 florets. The anthers are usually reddish orange to orange. Interestingly, when the grains mature, each entire spike is shed as a unit, scales and all, eventually leaving behind a completely bare stalk after they fall off.

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Spring Into Action

Begin improving the wildlife habitat on your farm by converting fescue.

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Tall Fescue

Festuca arundinacea
You’ve seen it a million times, now learn to identify it! Technically an exotic invasive plant, tall fescue is practically everywhere, from lawns to levees, and from pastures to (unfortunately!) prairies.

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Tall Fescue (Flowers)

Tall fescue’s branching flowering stalks are somewhat narrow and contracted to slightly spreading, usually 2-10 inches long, and often nodding at the top. Flowers occur in flat, oval spikelets that are 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. There are usually 4-5 individual flowers in each spikelet. It blooms April through July (sometimes to October).

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Tall Fescue (Plants)

You’ve seen it a million times! Technically an exotic invasive plant, tall fescue is practically everywhere, from lawns to levees, and from pastures to (unfortunately!) prairies.

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Tall Fescue Control

Learn to identify and control this invasive grass on your Missouri property.

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Tallgrass

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Prairie grasses are an attractive habitat to a wildflower garden.

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Tallgrass Country

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Vast prairies and scattered savannas once blanketed the Osage Plains.

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