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How to Identify Grass Flower? What to do With it?

Is your lawn starting to produce flowers, and you do not know what to do with it? Do not worry! I got your back.

For me to help you, I need your assistance identifying the grass flower first.

Generally, the grass flower is a nonshowy flower that is a bunch or cluster of spikelets in the form of inflorescences. Depending upon the structure of the inflorescence, you will be able to identify the grass flowers. Meanwhile, cut grass flowers timely to prevent seed formation.

grass flowers looking beautiful
The grass florets have different inflorescences structure types, and you can identify the grass flower with them.

Grass flowers are neither attractive nor much of a benefit to you and your lawn.

Therefore, keep reading till the end to understand the anatomy of grass flowers and what to do with them next.

How to Identify Grass Flower?

All kinds of grass grow flowers to keep passing and continue their standard grassy legacy.

Unlike other plants’ showy flowers with fancy petals, the Grass flower is made of multiple spikelets in the form of inflorescences.

Grass does not go the extra mile to make its flowers fancy to attract insects, as it depends on wind for pollination.

This simple, unshowy grass flower, also known as florets, is a cluster of multiple spikelets forming an inflorescence.

For easy visualization to understand spikelets, take the example of wheat. So, the spikelet is a cluster at the top of the wheat stem.

wheat stem
Spikelet is a cluster at the top of the wheat stem.

Meanwhile, the color of the grass flower is usually green but can be of any color depending on the grass variety and place.

Generally, there are three major grass flower inflorescence types: spikes, racemes, and panicles.

Type of grass flowers
There are various types of grass inflorescence. The common inflorescence is in the form of panicle, raceme, and spike.

1. Spikes

In this type of inflorescence, the spikelets are directly attached to the main axis of the inflorescence.

Here, a stem that is the main axis of the inflorescence is usually known as a rachis, which may or may not have branches. 

Therefore, spike-type inflorescence grass floret has no branches attached to the rachis.

Some grass varieties with spike inflorescence as their floret or flower are Ryegrass, Rice, Cattail Timothy, and Paspalum species.

Examples of spike flower head
Here are some examples of spike flower heads.

2. Racemes

The spikelets in the raceme-type inflorescence are present at individual pedicel.

Meanwhile, a pedicel is a small stalk branching out from the main rachis stem of the inflorescence bearing individual spikelets.

Meanwhile, in raceme inflorescence, the length of the base pedicel with older spikelets is much longer than other younger pedicels.

Raceme inflorescence-type plants include Rattleweed, Snapdragon, and mustard.

snapdragon flower
Snapdragon has raceme-type inflorescence.

3. Panicles

Also known as compound raceme, panicle-type floret has lateral branches that bear flowers in addition to raceme inflorescences.

A panicle inflorescence is a compound raceme due to lateral branches shooting from individual pedicels of raceme floret.

Meanwhile, panicles have branches of varying sizes and shapes shooting out from their rachis.

For example, Indiangrass, River oats, Johnsongrass, and Switchgrass have panicle-type inflorescence.

Examples of Panicle-type grass
Here are some examples of Panicle-type grass inflorescence.

Why does Grass Produce Flowers?

Did you know there is a meaning to the grass flower, and it means Spring Beauty?

Like any other plants, grass plants undergo and start producing flowers when reproduction time arrives.

Even though grass flower is simple with no distinct attractive features, grass produces blooms yearly.

Don’t worry if your lawn starts to blossom suddenly, as it is a natural process.

However, the likelihood of lawn grass producing flowers is low if you are mowing the lawn often.

grass flower
Due to the energy consumption and inconspicuous looks of grass flowers, many opt for cutting them.

Meanwhile, the time and duration of the grass blossoming vary depending on the variety of grass.

A wide variety of grass generally produces flowers in the cooler season, i.e., spring or early summer.

Similarly, depending upon the care factors in which grass grows, they take about three months to years to mature and start flowering.

More importantly, flowering leads to the seed formation stage upon successful pollination by winds.

Without external interference, seeds would begin to form and eventually reseed themselves.

And that is how mother nature lets the plant naturally extend its family legacy.

Should You Let Grass Flower?

Although the reseeding sounds like it will help you with a denser lawn. But in fact, there are different consequences of letting grass produce seeds.

Seed production is an energy-consuming process every plant goes through after successful pollination.

And it is the same for grasses as well. So, they focus all of their energy on producing seeds.

While doing so, the grass plant forgets to repair itself or even keeps its growth on hold.

lawn grass
Seed production in grass consumes too much energy causing them to look pathetic and weak.

It causes the plant to become very weak and pathetic. Giving your plant fertilizer might help them to some extent.

However, discouraging flowering and seed formation altogether sounds more optimal option here.

That said, do not cut the grass too short to prevent flowers. Cutting grass too short causes stress.

Pro Tip: Frequently mow your lawn by cutting one-third of the grass’s stem to keep them healthy and discourage flowering. 

Conclusion

Although the grass flower is simple with no special features, they still have distinct floret structures to distinguish themselves.

Frequently mowing lawns can discourage grass flowering and eventually prevent seed formation.

Did you know deadheading flowers benefit grasses and flowering plants like Zinnias, Snapdragon, Cosmos, and Daisies?

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