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Red Top or Herds Grass

Red Top or Herds GrassRed-top. Herd's Grass. Bent-grass. Agrostis alba L. Perennial.

Exceedingly variable.

Stem 1-4 ft. tall, erect, not branched. Ligule 4" long or less. Leaves 2'-10' long, 1 "-4" wide, flat, rough.

Panicle 2'-10' long, open, branches many. Spikelets 1-flowered, about 1" long, green or reddish purple. Scales 3; outer scales acute, about equal, rough on keels; flowering scale obtuse or acute; palet not less than one third as long as flowering scale. Stamens 3, anthers white, short.

Fields, meadows, and waysides. June to September.

Throughout nearly the whole of North America.

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Red Top seed