Koeleria macrantha

I find that grasses can be very difficult to photograph. The breeze stopped for just a moment allowing me to snap this photo. I took the shot facing the early evening sun that shone through the flower spikes, causing them to glow in the image.

Tom Wheeler provides the description. He writes:

Koeleria macrantha, familiarly called June grass, is named after the German botanist Georg Koeler (1765-1807). About 15 species of plants bear his surname. Macrantha refers to this grass’s comparatively large flowers. The species is circumpolar and widely distributed, inhabiting dry rocky or grassy slopes and forest openings in the steppe (prairies) to sub-alpine areas.

We grow this perennial bunch (tufted) grass in our Garry Oak Meadow Garden, first planted in May 2007. June grass grows 60 to 75cm (to the apex of the inflorescence) and does not aggressively self-sow. It is well regarded by our staff and visitors as a tidy grass with cylindrical, whitish green, spike-like panicles that arch when ripe. The seed provenance of our garden plantings is a Garry oak ecosystem on southeastern Vancouver Island. The first sowing in pots at our nursery yielded an emergence rate of 46%—moderately successful for a grass.

Koeleria macrantha

6 responses to “Koeleria macrantha”

  1. Sandyinz4

    This is simply an exquisite photo. Thanks again for making my day!

  2. Carolina

    What a gorgeous photo! It’s almost a painting! Beautiful!

  3. susan

    Perfection! Thank you!

  4. Annie Morgan

    Truly beautiful photo – well done!

  5. Liz Heinz

    Very beautiful photograph and as you say, grasses are tough to photograph.

  6. Hollis

    great photo. A month ago I tried to capture beautiful back-lit grass heads one evening, but no luck … no “glow” in my photos

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