Scientific NameAira caryophyllea
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Aira caryophyllea L. var. caryophyllea
Small tufted annual grass with ascending branches.
Leaves are low. Blades are angled and can be up to 5cm long.
Internodes are usually smooth with occasional pubescent below the node. Silver grass has a slender stem.
Flower Seed Head
Spikelets and glumes are 2-3mm long. Awns are 2.5-3mm long. Panicles are delicate and diffuse.
Silver grass is commonly found along roadsides, waste places in the piedmont and coastal regions.
Leaf Hair on Upper Surface
Mature Leaf Width
less than 5 mm