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Fowl Manna Grass

Glyceria striata

Palatable to livestock and geese; this grass requires more moisture in sunnier areas



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Glyceria striata, also known as Fowl Manna Grass, is a native perennial cool season grass. It inhabits marshes, swamps, wetlands and shorelines and grows to a height of 2.5-3 feet.

Wildlife notes

Fowl Manna Grass is the preferred host plant of a moth, Elachista irrorata. The larvae of this moth are leaf-miners. Several aphids are known to use Manna Grasses (Glyceria spp.) primarily as summer host plants, including Carolinia howardii, Rose-Grass Aphid, Rhopalomyzus poae, Apple-Grass Aphid, and Sipha glyceriae. The foliage is largely ignored by White-tailed Deer. In spite of the common name, Fowl Manna Grass isn’t an important food source for ducks, although Canada Geese will eat the foliage when this species occurs along bodies of water. Because this grass is fairly tall and occasionally forms colonies, it provides some cover for wildlife.

Forage notes

This grass is palatable to livestock including cattle, horse, and sheep.

Landscaping notes

This plant prefers full sun to light shade, wet to mesic conditions, and a fertile loamy soil. This grass requires more moisture in sunny areas than when it is growing in the shade. Most vegetative growth occurs during the spring and early summer.

Restoration notes

Habitats include wet to mesic deciduous woodlands, swamps, damp meadows in wooded areas, prairie swales, marshes and fens, sandy and gravelly seeps, bogs, and ditches. This common grass can be found in either woodlands or wetlands of varying quality.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Streambank Mix, Companion Grass – Wet,

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

3.5 bulk lbs/ acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

May, Jun

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.