Orchard Grass • Dactylis glomerate
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic conjunctivitis.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms.
Physical description: Deep-rooted bunchgrass that grows between 3-4 feet in height.
Environmental factors: Very common perennial that can be found growing on roadsides, lawns, fields, ditch banks, meadows, and waste places; primarily used for livestock forage and hay; wind-pollinated2, 3
Cross-reactivity: Extensive cross-reactivity can be expected throughout the Poaceae family, which includes cereal grasses, bamboos, and various others used for cultivating lawns and pastures; the latter group includes ryegrass, canary grass, and meadow grass.
- “Orchard.”Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchard
- “ORCHARDGRASS” USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_dagl.pdf
- “Orchard Grass (Dactylis) Genus Level details and Allergy Info.” Pollen.com. https://www.pollen.com/research/genus/dactylis
- “Dactylis glomerate – Cocksfoot.” Emorsgate Seeds. https://wildseed.co.uk/species/view/190
- “Grass.”Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grass
Did You Know?
Orchard grass is also commonly referred to as cocksfoot, or cock’s foot, due to its one-sided, clumped flower heads resembling a rooster’s foot.