Attractive small native bunchgrass with distinctive clusters of dense flower spikes up to 1 1/2' tall that turn tan when dry. A cool season grass that grows mostly in spring or early summer (hence its name). Common from short grass prairies in West to dry sandy habitats in the Midwest.
Junegrass leaves begin to emerge in the spring. During the summer, often in June or July, the flowers bloom. Then, around September, the flowers turn to fruits and the seeds are dispersed. Junegrass is a popular species for restoration projects and is sometimes used for grazing cattle.