Monthly Archives: September 2011

Phragmites Variation

Common reed, Phragmites australis, grows throughout Minnesota in wet areas. Larger forms, left in photo are likely non-native. The native form is shorter, has smaller flowers that are light brown to beige in color, and the plants are often light … Continue reading

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Skipper Butterfly on Calamagrostis

A skipper butterfly enjoys the sunshine on Calamagrostis brachytricha, fall blooming reedgrass. Skippers lay eggs on grasses and their larva feed almost exclusively on grasses; skipper antennae have small clubs at the tips and their wings are folded differently from … Continue reading

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Imperata Sets Seed in Minnesota

Blood grass does not usually flower. But this past June 2011, it flowered in Noerenberg Gardens, part of Three Rivers Parks, on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Only 8 inflorescences were found, on June 27, they were collected and finally I cleaned … Continue reading

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