The plant that names our region: wiregrass, Aristida stricta:

Quail and gopher tortoises eat it. Many birds, reptiles, and small animals use it for covers. For centuries settlers grazed cattle on it. Burn it in May for it to make seed in October. It thrives in fire forests with longleaf pine.

Map of Wiregrass Georgia:

The region also extends into south Alabama and north Florida. There’s so little native wiregrass left that the only place t hat seems to have a map of the region is the Huxford Genealogical Society in Homerville, right in the center of Wiregrass Georgia.

Wiregrass with small dogs for scale:

This wiregrass is native; it’s been growing here for 15,000 y ears since the last Ice Age.

Pictures by John S. Quarterman, Lowndes County, Georgia, 19 Feb 2011.