Jan. 16, 2018

nimblewill, Muhlenbergia schreberi

The random selection for today came up with nimblewill. Normally I would have passed over this not-so-great image. But today I'm feeling an affinity for Will. I've got my own bug, the necessary price of having two school age kids in the house. And have you ever walked a field, pulled a stem of grass, and bitten into the tender part concealed by the leaf sheath? If you do that to moisten your dry mouth, look out for this plant bug, Stenodema vicinum. It specializes in feeding on nimblewill, and much prefers that same tender spot. Nimblewill is a native grass, now one of the Muhlys we sometimes use in our lawns. It grows in every state except AK, HI, MT, ND, NM, NV, OR, and WA, and in ON. Lenawee Co MI, 9/5/13.