Pinegrass grows 60 to 100 centimetres tall and has long leaves and purplish stems. It is a dense growing grass; the leaf blades grow close together.
RANGE & HABITAT
Pinegrass grows in dry clearings and forests. In B.C., this plant grows in the Southern Interior and Sub-Boreal Interior ecoprovinces.
Flowers grow in the form of small, greenish clumps. Seeds are spread by animals and birds that eat them, and by wind and animal’s fur.
Pinegrass is eaten by bear, elk and deer. It also provides some cover for small birds and mammals.
TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES
Pinegrass was used when making soap berry (buffalo berry) cakes, and for covering food. It was also woven into socks and insoles for moccasins.
Pinegrass is not a very tasty grass for grazing domestic animals.
COSEWIC: Not at Risk
Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie