Glyceria grandis S. Watson
American manna grass, American mannagrass, Reed meadowgrass, Tall manna grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: GLGR
American manna grass is a perennial grass which spreads by both thick rhizomes and stolons. Thick, stout, culms are 40-60 in. tall and sometimes decumbent at the base. The large, showy, openly branched, purplish panicle is up to 16 in. long and nods at the summit.
Cool-season grass has broad, pale leaves and very loose, open flowering stalks. Important member of wetland communities. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Canada, s. to VA, TN mts., n. IL, NE, NM, AZ & CA
Native Habitat: Stream banks; non-tidal marshes; lake margins
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet soils.
Conditions Comments: A rapidly growing grass.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Ohio Prairie Nursery - Hiram, OH
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
North American Native Plant Society - Etobicoke, ON
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Glyceria grandis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Glyceria grandis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Glyceria grandis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff