Grasses are shallow-rooted perennials that have long, narrow leaves with veins running parallel to their length. Grasses, which are often herbs, typically grow in large masses, though some grasses, like bamboo, are large and woody.


Sorghum, an economically important grass. It is grown for grain and forage and for the manufacture of syrup, brooms, and brushes.

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  • Rice


    Rice, a cereal grass. Its grain is a leading source of food for more than half the world's population. See more »

  • Rye


    Rye, an annual plant of the grass family. Like corn and wheat, it is a cereal, or grain. See more »

  • Sugarcane


    Sugarcane, a tall, perennial grass. It is a major source of commercial sugar, which is obtained from a juice found in the plant's waxy stalks. See more »

  • Bent Grass

    Bent Grass

    Bent Grass, a large genus of stiff grasses with small flowers. Some varieties are important lawn and pasture grasses. See more »

  • Bluegrass


    Bluegrass, a perennial lawn and pasture grass. It has bluish-green stems and dusty blue blossoms. See more »

  • Bromegrass


    Bromegrass, the common name for a large group of grasses. Most of them are native to the north temperate zone, where they are grown for forage. See more »

  • Broomcorn


    Broomcorn, a variety of sorghum. Since very early times, the branches of its flowering head have been used to make brooms. See more »

  • Buffalo Grass

    Buffalo Grass

    Buffalo Grass, a North American grass highly valued in the West for fodder. It is a low grass that grows vigorously, spreading rapidly by runners. See more »

  • Cane


    Cane, the name of certain species of bamboo. The one most common in the United States is southern cane, or cane reed, which grows in almost impassable thickets called canebrakes. See more »

  • Crabgrass


    Crabgrass, a weed grass commonly found in lawns. Few weeds are more difficult to kill. See more »

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