Orchard grass: Fast Food for Four-leggers!

Orchard grass is a common field grass that will catch the attention of a hiker when they find their dog consuming the leaves! Dactylis glomerata, Orchard or Cat grass, seeds are sold for indoor growing as a cat nibble. Outdoors it is cultivated as feed grass for livestock. Although it escapes and grows on roadsides and fields, it is not an overly aggressive early season grass. Come and learn some identification characteristics.

Joyce Browning Horticulturist, Master Gardener Coordinator
Video credit: Bethany Evans Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program Alumni; CPH

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