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Rough fescue

Festuca scabrella
Photo by www.cd.gov.ab.ca

Habitat: Dry native grasslands

Description: Big clumps of grass with short roots. There is a purple colour at the base of the leaves.

Size: Bunches 30-35cm in diameter, up to 60cm tall.

Fun Facts: Known as the most nutritious native bunchgrass it is an important food for elk in winter. Due to its great taste all livestock animals like to eat rough fescue grass, but it will die if too many cows eat and trample it. This is called overgrazing.

Source: www.animalrangeextension.montana.edu

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Prairie Onion
Allium textile

Habitat: Abundantly found throughout prairie regions.  Typically found on dry plains and hillsides.

Description: The flowers grow in small clusters at the ends of slender stems, typically white and lily-shaped.  The leaves of the Prairie Onion are long and very narrow.  Like most onions the plant produces a strong aroma.

Size: 8-25cm

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