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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Fowl Manna Grass - Pages 88-89

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Fowl Manna Grass
Glyceria striata

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Prefers moist to saturated areas.

Wildlife Value

Provides food for waterfowl, especially ducks, and for muskrat and deer.


Good pioneer species in upper shoreline zones, for streambank stabilization, and in vegetated swales.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Good availability, but may not be a northeastern Illinois ecotype.
  • Good establishment from seed, but less competitive against reed canary grass.
  • Cold, moist stratification helps break dormancy of seed. Cold storage in water for three months or fall planting to allow overwintering provides good germination.
  • Mixing seed with sand facilitates hand broadcasting and results in more even planting.
  • Transplants are best planted in the spring.
  • Requires light for seed germination.

Fowl Manna Grass
Glyceria striata

Mature Height
1-4 feetFowl Manna Grass

Plant Type
Perennial grass

Indicator Status

Not available

Nutrient Load Tolerance
Low to moderate

Salt Tolerance

Siltation Tolerance

Flowering Color and Time
May to August

Light Preference
Full shade to partial sun

Seeding Rate
.06 - .5 lbs/acre

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