Monthly Archives: October 2011

Arboretum Prairie in October

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Miscanthus flower variation

Color, length or size of the inflorescence, number of branches or rachilla, flowering time, number and length of hairs surrounding the small spikelet are some of the variations in miscanthus flowers. From left: Blondo ( 2 heads), Silberpfeil, Morning Light, … Continue reading

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Miscanthus variation

With nearly 50 cultivars of miscanthus, it is sometimes difficult to tell them apart. Herbarium specimens will help to document the differences, along with morphological measurements. Shown here, from left to right are Undine, Nippon and Flamingo.

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Grass Collection Open House Oct 2011

We danced in the rain looking at the grass collection on October 12, 2011. After many weeks of no measurable rain, it was great to need an umbrella. ‘River Mist’ chasmanthium, the new white striped river oats, was of interest, … Continue reading

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Fall Color

Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)  is know for red and orange fall color. This native grass mades the prairie look red in the fall. Non-native brome grass (Bromus inermis) is a dull tan or beige compared to little bluestem.

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Fall Color

Fall is a great time to enjoy the color and drama of large grasses such as Miscanthus. A windy day adds susurration, the sound or whisper of rustling foliage.

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Grasses on the Big Island of Hawaii

Landing in Kona and traveling north, there is endless lava and white coral graffiti, with Pennisetum setaceum as one of the few plants able to survive these dry conditions. This African native grass is just one of many non-native plants … Continue reading

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