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Timothy Grass (Phleum pratense) 

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Timothy grass and foxtails both have dense, compact flower heads.  They're both about 2-3 inches long.  The foxtails tend to have longer "hairs" sticking out from the heads and sometimes the heads curl over.  In the spring, you can see the flower stamens hanging out from the heads, lasting for only a few days.  Blades are about 1/4 inch wide.   Timothy is often the grass we like to stick between our teeth on those hot summer days.  It was introduced to North America for hay and continues to be part of the annual harvests.   


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