Monthly Archives: August 2012

Grasses in August

Grasses look great in August! The showy red annual, Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’, catches everyone’s eye in the bed in the foreground. It’s a good grass for containers and hot sunny locations, but dies with frost and freezing temperatures. Advertisements

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Leaf rusts common in 2012

Calamagrostis (shown below) and Deschampsia both tend to get rust, a leaf disease that causes discoloration, but is not fatal. The foliage turns brown and is covered with small brown spots or lesions; the rusty orange color comes off when … Continue reading

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Skipper Butterflies

Skipper butterflies love ribbon grass and palm sedge. You can usually find several resting, mating and laying eggs on leaves of these grasses.

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New Grass Publication Available

The 2012, 3rd edition of  Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates is now available. Order online from the University of Minnesota Extension or at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum giftshop. This expanded 55-page edition contains many new grasses and sedges, complete with … Continue reading

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