New dark purple and red big bluestem are new selections for this tough native grass. Hopefully these selections will remain upright and not lodge or fall over as they mature.
‘Rain Dance’ left; ‘Red October’ above right center has few flowers but showy red color, with ‘Indian Warrior’ above right; and ‘Blackhawks’, lower right is dark upright, 5.5 feet.
Miscanthus oligostachyus, small yellow-green in foreground, red flowered ‘Ferner Osten’ miscanthus and ‘Juli’ miscanthus are in full flower in late August.
Syrphid flies feeding on big bluestem pollen early morning in August in Minnesota.
Grass pollen may have less protein, but insects can be found feeding on the pollen if you look closely.
Is it the rich midwest soil, the abundant rain, or is this just what happens when ‘Cape Breeze’ switchgrass matures? These 4 plants were planted in 2015 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Last year they were much more upright.
Ernst Pagel, famous German plantsman, grower and breeder shown in at his nursery and with attendees from the 1998 International Stauden Union, Germany. Pagel introduced many grasses and other perennials we use today throughout the world.
All attendees from the U.S. at this international perennial growers meeting. Who are these people? Mary Meyer purple shirt second row, to her left daughter Laura, standing next to the man with the camera Wolfgang Oehme, famous landscape designer. Bill Miller is in the back row….name these people!! Jayne Roberts, Debbie Lonnee and Mary Walters are here; Martha Simon kneeling in front, nurseryman Richard Simon’s daughter. Steve Still far right, and Kurt Bluemel with suspenders at left.
This is the first sentence of a recent article by a well-know horticulturist….and yet I wondered…is this true? How many people would use the work ‘elegant’ to describe grasses..and this was an article on native grasses. Perhaps grasses have moved to a new level of sophistication! Shown at left is an elegant looking Indiangrass.