Monthly Archives: June 2012

Feather reedgrass in flower

Feather reedgrass is so beautiful in flower, and fortunately the seedheads remain showy for most of the year. The center grass in this photo is Calamagrostis xacutiflora ‘El Dorado’, the new yellow striped form, showing the reddish, pink color of … Continue reading

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National Grass Trials are Planted in Minnesota

On June 27, 2012 we planted 22 cultivars of switchgrass and little bluestem as part of the first national grass trials in the US! We are pleased to be one of 12 locations across the US trialing these native grasses. … Continue reading

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Reversion in variegated miscanthus

Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’,”Rigoletto’, and ‘Silberpfeil’ have longitudinal white stripes on the foliage. However, this spring, some plants showed many culms with only green foliage, as seen at left. Sometimes this was at the edge of the plant, and other times it … Continue reading

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Cool new fescue

Festuca ‘Siskiyou Blue’ an attractive bunch grass that was flowering this year on June 4, 2012 in Minnesota. With 12′ foliage and 24″ flowers, this is a showy spring bloomer for a dry sunny site. Planted in 2011, with only … Continue reading

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Butterflies on Grasses

Skipper butterflies lay eggs on grasses and the larvae require grasses for food to complete their life cycle. Although these butterflies are small, they are numerous and fun to watch ‘skip’ in the grasses. Keep you eyes open for skipper … Continue reading

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Cool Insects on Grasses

Many flies or small bees on Koeleria, June grass. Some in mid-air in this photo and on flowers at right.

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‘River Mist’ wood oats dies, drought?

‘River Mist’ is a cool and beautiful plant, a sport or mutation of our native wood oats, or Chasmanthium latifolium. Unfortunately, the 4 plants we planted in spring 2011 did not live through the winter. Given the mild conditions we … Continue reading

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