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About grasstalk

University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Carex ‘Straw Hat’

Carex ‘Straw Hat’ is a new selection of Carex pensylvanica, shown on June 27 left ,and May 11, 2018, right. Many early spring flowers with thick foliage. Advertisements

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Winter Injury 2017-18

Do we ever stop talking about winter injury in Minnesota? Waiting until early June to determine the death count has been my practice. Here is the list for this past winter for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Grass Collection: 2017-18 Totally … Continue reading

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Bulbs and Grasses

Look closely: you can hardly see the grass in this ‘Altruist’ daffodil plus grass combination, but as the bulb foliage dies, the prairie dropseed grasses will take over. Spring bulbs with grasses are a great combination as Erik Lemke, Minnesota … Continue reading

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Award winning Pa sedge

Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA lists one graminoid on their 2018 Sustainable Plant List: Carex pensylvanica.  The plants “are selected for their non-invasive habits, as well as for their resistance to disease and insects. Once established, these plants require minimal … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Up

2018 is the second year we have cut back some of the native grass tops instead of burning, in hopes of minimizing damage to Lepidoptera that may have overwintered in the plant bases. Here the great crew of volunteers and … Continue reading

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Spring? 2018

Dr. Mark Seeley reported this morning on MPR that the first 12 days of April 2018 were the coldest on record for Minnesota. He reminded us of the recent 2013 spring’s slow start and our resilence in forgetting these events … Continue reading

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Prairie Dropseed is WI 2018 Perennial

The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association has selected  prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is its 2018 perennial of the year. Great choice as this beautiful clump forming grass is a hardy native with attractive flowers and food for many native skipper … Continue reading

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