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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Carex ‘Ice Dance’

‘Ice Dance’ is one of the best looking variegated sedges. It’s not super hardy in Minnesota and can look rough in the spring. Fortunately lots of new growth shows at the edges of the plant, and with some clean up … Continue reading

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Slow start for little bluestem

What’s going on with some of the little bluestem? Why so slow to start this year? The above photos show well established healthy plants in 2016. On the right rodent damage in the middle of the plant…some of the crown … Continue reading

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‘Straw Hat’ sedge

Carex pensylvania ‘Straw Hat’ has numerous, showy yellow flowers. An early bloomer, flowers appear in mid to late April in Minnesota. The plants shown above were plugs planted in 2016. ‘Straw Hat’ appears to be an improvement on the native … Continue reading

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30 years, 1987-2017, for the Arboretum’s Grass Collection

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary 1987-2017 for the Grass Collection at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! We will be having events throughout the year, including Open Houses and classes, watch this blog and the Arboretum Facebook page for more information.  Plan … Continue reading

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Giant Miscanthus at end of winter

No snow now in Minnesota.  Soon we will be cutting back the native grasses (to preserve native butterfly larvae) and burning the non-native ones.

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Blond Ambition wins award in Colorado

Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blond Ambition’ was recently selected as the 2016 overall grand winner of the Colorado Plant Select trials from 5 state evaluations. This is a great native plant that has been marginally hardy in Minnesota (it was selected from New Mexico) … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle at Grass Collection

Sighted recently above the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grass Collection was this bald eagle. Many birders enjoy the Arboretum, but this is a first time for me to see an eagle at the Grass Collection. Fun! 

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