About eight species of Lolium
are native to Europe and Asia. Although they
are called ryegrass, they are not the source of the commercial rye grain. The
scientific name of true rye is Secale
cereale. Annual rye grass is used as livestock fodder and lawn grass.
See this plant in turf areas throughout campus in the winter months.
Herbaceous annual to about sixteen inches tall if not mowed.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: moderately drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range, well-drained
This plant is grown in winter in Jacksonville. It is seeded over the existing
turf during the cool months when our warm season grasses tend to be brown. Annual
rye grass dies as temperatures warm in spring.
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