Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Velvet-grass - Holcus lanatus   L.Only member of Holcus in NC.
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DistributionThroughout the state, with a large gap in the southern Coastal Plain. The gap is likely to be filled over time, as it likely occurs in all counties.

Native of Europe; in N.A. common in the East and West but scarce in the middle.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains and Piedmont, but uncommon to infrequent in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain.
HabitatSeasonally wet to moist or mesic soils of roadside ditches, marshes, meadows, pastures, fens, seepage bogs.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July (-September)
IdentificationVelvet-grass is well-named, due to the velvety, whitish hairs that cover the stems and leaf sheaths. The terminal panicle (inflorescence) is also whitish or pallid green, and cylindrical in shape.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

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