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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Tall Molinia

Tall Molinia, (Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea) mooregrass cultivars may look similar until you see the cultivars side by side.  The green plants in the background way behind the bench are Molinia ‘Windspeil’ on the left, ‘Karl Forester’ center and ‘Sky Racer’ … Continue reading

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Native Grass ebook wins Gold Award

Native Grass eBook Wins Gold and Silver at 2019 GardenComm Awards! A guide to gardening with native grasses written by Diane Narem and Mary H. Meyer of the University of Minnesota was published in May 2018. The ebook won the Silver … Continue reading

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Benefits of Native Grass Videos

Watch these short videos on the benefits of native grasses: Benefits of Native Grasses: big bluestem BIG BLUESTEM: Native grasses are beautiful additions to any home landscape. And the benefits are many–particularly for the popular prairie grass big bluestem. UMN … Continue reading

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Minnesota Zoo Butterfly Conservation

Erik Runquist at the Minnesota Zoo is leading a unique and important Prairie Butterfly Conservation program. Along with Cale Nordmeyer, their research is discovering the life cycle and needs of endangered and threatened butterflies that use native grasses. Watch Erik … Continue reading

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Grass Collection worth a visit

Many grasses are at their peak now; it’s a great time to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Grass Collection. Shown above from left: blue, falling over “Wind Walker’ big bluestem; front center ‘Buffalo Bedtime’ sideoats grama; front right ‘Blue Lagoon’ … Continue reading

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What is your favorite native grass?

I get this question a lot…and my answer is always…”It depends on what month it is!” This week the Bouteloua’s look great….blue grama and sideoats grama are not the showiest in the formal garden…too messy for many, but their flowers … Continue reading

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Juncus inflexus, hard or blue rush

Hard or blue rush was planted at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 2004 and has survived well. The plants are 30 inches in height and about 36 inches in width. The shiny brown flowers contrast with the blue cylindrical foliage. … Continue reading

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