Avery Blind Grass

Avery Blind Grass

What is avery blind grass?

Avery blind grass, also known as Microstegium vimineum, is an invasive grass species native to Japan, China and India. It is a perennial species that spreads rapidly and can outcompete native vegetation. Its scientific name derives from the tiny transparent hairs that cover the stems and leaves, which give the grass its “blind” appearance.

How does avery blind grass spread?

Avery blind grass spreads both by seed and vegetatively. Its seeds are dispersed by wind, water, and animals, and can remain viable in the soil for several years. It can also spread vegetatively by rhizomes and stolons, which are underground stems that can spread far from the parent plant.

What is the impact of avery blind grass?

Avery blind grass is a serious threat to native vegetation. It can outcompete native species for resources such as light, nutrients, and water. It can also alter soil chemistry and reduce biodiversity.


Avery blind grass is an invasive species that can spread rapidly and outcompete native vegetation. Its spread is aided by its ability to disperse its seeds by wind, water, and animals, as well as its ability to spread vegetatively. It can cause serious damage to native habitats by reducing biodiversity and altering soil chemistry.

The best way to control the spread of avery blind grass is through early detection and removal of infestations. It is important to be aware of this species and its potential impacts when working in native habitats.