Spring 2014, How did grasses survive the long winter?

Snow has finally left central Minnesota and we can begin to see how the grasses survived the long winter. The semi-evergreen sedges appear to have little damage. ‘Silver Sceptre’ and ‘Bunny Blue’, shown here look good, ‘Evergold’ however looks dead in the foreground (only 1 plant from last year). Other sedges that look good are ‘Ice Dance’ and ‘Ice Ballet’. Carex ‘Banana Boat’ was totally deciduous, but has green tips. Image


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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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3 Responses to Spring 2014, How did grasses survive the long winter?

  1. Mark says:

    I live in Iowa and after a tough winter Panicum is dead everywhere. I love it buy am hesitant to plant it again if fear that I may loose it.

    • grasstalk says:

      Sorry to hear this Mark, but it was a rough winter! The cultivars of Panicum vary widely, depending on where they were selected: Dallas Texas, (‘Dallas Blues’); Wilmington, Delaware,(‘Cloud 9’); South Elgin, IL (‘Northwind’). Do you know the cultivar that died for you in Iowa? Thanks, Mary

      • Mark Hilliard says:


        It was Northwind. I lost 3 out of 4 Northwinds and I lost 1 Maiden grass and one Shanandoah SG. Yes it was a sad spring. I enjoy you web page.

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