Almost all of the grasses that we have here at Leaning Oaks are not native species, and this one is no exception. Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata), or Cock's Foot is widely planted as a forage and hay grass and it has escaped hayfields and is a common grass along roadsides, ditches and other areas. It is an increasingly common species in our Garry Oak meadow, and we have to actively control it in order that some of the native species that we are trying to maintain on the property have a chance. It is a vigorous tall bunchgrass that makes tussocks that tends to out compete many smaller Garry Oak species.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.