- Author: Pamela M. Geisel
Nassella neesiana is unpalatable to livestock and its awns penetrate the fibers, skin, and muscle of grazing animals, resulting in reduced market values for these products. Native to South America, N. neesiana is also known to occur in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. In the United States, N. neesiana is known to occur in Alabama.
A suggested alternative to both grasses might be Bouteloua gracilis "Blond Ambition". (See photo left) Currently it is availble through High Country Gardens at: http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/27061/
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