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The grass is not always greener on the other side

Grass is commonly known for its green colour but in fact, grass with a lack of chlorophyll can turn pale green or yellow. It’s a common sight in many gardens and parks and in this article, I will tell you some things you might not have known about this amazing plant.

Its scientific name is Ponceau which is derived from the Ancient Greek word for grass.

They are the most significant of all food sources because they provide many animals energy which we eat.

They are the second most plentiful of all plant species.

There are 10,000 types of plants in the ponceau family including Perennial Ryegrass, Chewings fescue and Browntop bentgrass to name a few.

The biggest species of grass is bamboo which can grow up to 151 feet tall.

2,500 square feet of grass produces enough oxygen to provide for a family of four.

Grass can grow everywhere including polar regions.

It can be found on 20% of the Earth’s vegetation cover.

Scientists have found seagrass in the Mediterranean Sea that existed 200,00 years ago which makes it the oldest recorded plant species.

The roots in grass capture water and it cleans the air through photosynthesis.

Almost 80% of houses in the US have grass lawns.

Graminology or agrostology are the studies of grass.

Grass is actually used to make our food; wheat, which is part of the grass family, is used to make bread.

Switzerland has the darkest coloured and most healthy grass in the world.

An increasing number of UK gardens are switching from natural grass to artificial grass. This is bad for the environment because hedgehogs and other wildlife have nowhere to hide.

Overall, grass is an amazing plant that we just need to learn to maintain and appreciate.


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