Grasses of Kansas

Grasses of KansasHow well do you know your grasses?

This guide contains key information on the many diverse grasses of Kansas, whether they come from the tallgrass prairie, the sandsage prairie, or just the average roadside ditch. For each plant, you will learn characteristics, distribution, life cycle, ecology, uses, hazards, and similar species.

Whether your interest is as a nature buff, an ornamental gardener, or a dedicated grazier, we hope you’ll find the information you need to identify and properly manage the grasses on your property.

Need help with botanical terminology? Visit our grass glossary.


Foxtail BarleyFoxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum)


Kentucky BluegrassKentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)


Big BluestemBig Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)


Little BluestemLittle Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)


Silver BluestemSilver Bluestem (Bothriochloa saccharoides)


Smooth BromeSmooth Brome (Bromus inermis)


Buffalo GrassBuffalo Grass (Buchloe dactyloides)


Sand DropseedSand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)


Green FoxtailGreen Foxtail (Setaria viridis)


Eastern GamagrassEastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides)


Side-Oats GramaSide-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)


Indian GrassIndian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)


Johnson GrassJohnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)