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Annual Ryegrass (Italian Ryegrass)

Lolium multiflorum

Scientific Name: Lolium multiflorum

Common Name: Annual Ryegrass (Italian Ryegrass)

Annual Ryegrass, or Italian Ryegrass, is a cool-season annual or biannual bunch grass. It grows best in the sun but can adapt to many different climate conditions. Mature plants grow to be between 1 and 3 feet tall with a seedhead that can be anywhere from 4-16 inches long. Italian Ryegrass is a great nutritious option for livestock, and it does not require much water. However, if left uncontrolled, it becomes a nasty weed for cereal crops and grass seed crops.