Frost Grass lives up to Its Name

Cool, below 32F, temperatures recently damaged the new growth on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grass collection. Looking at Spodopogon in wonder at the discolored foliage…..then looked at the label and dah…know why the common name is Frost Grass! Yes, centers show some rodent damage and the older dead sections, but all the discolored foliage is frost damage. I expect it to grow out of this in a short amount of time. Miscanthus also showed similar damage, as did little bluestem. IMG_4080IMG_4081

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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