Fall color on Prairie Coteau

Prairie dropseed is the yellow-orange tuft in the center; the yellow tufts in foreground and back left are prairie muhly, Mulenbergia cuspidata. These are good companion grasses for upland dry sites.
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Native prairie dropseed

Beautiful flowers with yellow fall color on prairie dropseed in southwest Minnesota at Prairie Coteau Scientific and Natural Area. flowers - Version 2

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Big bluestem steals the show

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.

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Beautiful day for Open House in the Arboretum Grass Collection 4-8 PM today, Aug 24, 2017

IMG_7615Miscanthus oligostachyus, small yellow-green in foreground, red flowered ‘Ferner Osten’ miscanthus and ‘Juli’ miscanthus are in full flower in late August.

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Grass Pollen

Syrphid flies feeding on big bluestem pollen early morning in August in Minnesota. IMG_7306

Grass pollen may have less protein, but insects can be found feeding on the pollen if you look closely.

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Panicum ‘Cape Breeze’ falls apart

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. IMG_6985

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Ernst Pagel, Germany

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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.

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