Found in dry prairie, sideoats have a dense root system that allows them to survive droughts. Small seeds are carried on one side of the stem and are purplish in the fall when they mature. This attractive grass is a moderately aggressive plant, but is an important grass of dry prairies. It is a nutritious forage plant that's useful well into winter for wildlife. This makes it an important forage plant in prairies.
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