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About grasstalk

University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Native prairie dropseed

Beautiful flowers with yellow fall color on prairie dropseed in southwest Minnesota at Prairie Coteau Scientific and Natural Area. Advertisements

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Big bluestem steals the show

New dark purple and red big bluestem are new selections for this tough native grass. Hopefully these selections will remain upright and not lodge or fall over as they mature. ‘Rain Dance’ left; ‘Red October’ above right center has few … Continue reading

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Beautiful day for Open House in the Arboretum Grass Collection 4-8 PM today, Aug 24, 2017

Miscanthus oligostachyus, small yellow-green in foreground, red flowered ‘Ferner Osten’ miscanthus and ‘Juli’ miscanthus are in full flower in late August.

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Grass Pollen

Syrphid flies feeding on big bluestem pollen early morning in August in Minnesota.  Grass pollen may have less protein, but insects can be found feeding on the pollen if you look closely.

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Panicum ‘Cape Breeze’ falls apart

Is it the rich midwest soil, the abundant rain, or is this just what happens when ‘Cape Breeze’ switchgrass matures? These 4 plants were planted in 2015 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Last year they were much more upright. 

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Ernst Pagel, Germany

Ernst Pagel, famous German plantsman, grower and breeder shown in at his nursery and with attendees from the 1998 International Stauden Union, Germany. Pagel introduced many grasses and other perennials we use today throughout the world.

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Historic 1998 Stauden Union, Germany

All attendees from the U.S. at this international perennial growers meeting. Who are these people? Mary Meyer purple shirt second row, to her left daughter Laura, standing next to the man with the camera Wolfgang Oehme, famous landscape designer. Bill … Continue reading

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