Maygrass, as its name suggests, is a native grass. It produces starchy, edible seeds. It is ready to harvest relatively early in spring, making it an importance nutrition source for people coming out of the lean wintertime. Archeologists know that maygrass was intentionally planted by Indigenous people because it is found in archeological contexts outside of its natural growing range and clumps of maygrass seed heads were stored in dry Ozark bluff shelters. While quite small, maygrass seeds are high in protein.
Maygrass in May
Maygrass early June
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