Tall Grass

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Tall Grass
First Appearance Beta 1.6
Type of Block Non-solid; Plant
Stackable Yes 64

Tall Grass (also called Grass) spawns on grass blocks in certain biomes. Bonemeal can be used on a grass block to grow tall grass and occasionally flowers on it and in its vicinity. Bonemeal can also be used to obtain a two-block tall grass. Since Beta 1.6, the only way to legitimately obtain wheat seeds is to destroy tall grass blocks or harvest fully-grown wheat crops.

There are three other variations of tall grass: ferns, double-tall grass, and shrubs. Ferns can spawn in the jungle and mega taiga biomes. Like grass, they also have a two-block tall version that can be made by using bonemeal on the fern. Shrubs share the dead bush's texture, but still, drop seeds despite this appearance. They cannot be obtained in normal gameplay outside of using commands. They do not have a two-block tall version.


Harvesting grass or ferns is the primary way of obtaining wheat seeds. Other ways are by tilling a grass block with a hoe or through collecting wheat.


  • Tallgrass cannot be directly set on fire by lightning; however, fire from nearby blocks can spread to it. Oddly enough, the top of tall grass can be lit, but it will not burn this way.
  • When touched by water, tall grass will break with the possibility of dropping seeds. A quick way to gather seeds is to route water to the top of a grass-covered hill and let it flow down.
  • The color of tall grass is biome dependent and is usually the same color as the grass.
  • Sometimes, grass can spawn on sand but any block updates will cause it to break.
  • Grass can be collected with shears.
  • The fern, in real life, yields spores, not seeds. Oddly enough, it yields seeds.
  • Players can hide in double tall grass from mobs as the mob's AI will not detect players in double tall grass.
  • Tallgrass may occasionally spawn on caves.