Deer-tongue Grass – 7/12/20
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 7/12/20
Observation Time: 6:40 p.m.
Observation Location: along Gavins Pond Road
Common Name: Deer-tongue Grass
Scientific Name: Dichanthelium clandestinum
Comments: Deer-tongue grass is a perennial cool-season grass native to eastern North America. It can grow up to 4′ tall. It is tolerant of low pH soils, high concentrations of aluminum, drought conditions, and infertile soils. For these reasons, it is used in revegetating acid mine sites. Deer-tongue grass prefers moist to wet sites and does best in full sun. This grass produces two seed crops; a spring crop in an open panicle and a fall crop that remains mostly enclosed in the leaf sheath. Birds eat the seed and the plant lodges during the winter forming a dense cover for wildlife.