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Smooth brome

Bromus inermis
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Habitat: Grasslands and open woods and disturbed areas.

Description: This long-lived sod forming grass has a deep root system. On newer leaves, you should see an “M” shape.

Size: 60-120 cm

Fun Facts: First introduced to the United States in 1884, this grass was largely used in pastureland. The deep root system makes it tough for animals to kill it by trampling and over eating. It is very invasive, that means it spreads fast and replaces the native grassland species.

Source: Moss, E.H. 1983. Flora of Alberta. Second Edition. Revised by John G. Packer. University of Toronto Press.

area wildlife + plants

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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