Grasses simulate wheat fields

Another grass quote, this one from John Friel, marketing manager for Emerald Coast Growers, “A swath of Panicum, Miscanthus or Calamagrostis is a simulacrum, echoing fields of wheat swaying in summer breezes.” The visual of a swaying field of grass is good to fill our minds while we await spring in Minnesota. IMG_1986

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Sporobolize a garden?

Noel Kingsbury stated that to use prairie dropseed has now become a verb….to Sporobolize a garden…….using large plantings of prairie dropseed….interesting. Prairie dropseed is native to much of the U. S. however, it is endangered or threatened in several states as listed by the USDA.

yellow prairie dropseed. Sporobolus

Yellow fall color on prairie dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepis

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‘Undaunted’ Muhly

Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘Undaunted’  is native to Texas and Oklahoma but has more winter hardiness than Ruby muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) that is commonly planted in the south and will not survive in Minnesota. Four plants shown below were planted in 2015 and have survived 2 USDA zone 4 winters. The pink flowers begin in late September. The first photo below was taken Nov 15, 2016 with golden yellow ‘Skyracer’ Molinia behind ‘Undaunted’. The lower photo was taken on Dec 1, 2017. IMG_6407IMG_8204

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Thankful for Maroon and Gold


Maroon Blue HeavenTM little bluestem and yellow ginkgo beautiful fall color to be thankful for.

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Fall color on Prairie Coteau

Prairie dropseed is the yellow-orange tuft in the center; the yellow tufts in foreground and back left are prairie muhly, Mulenbergia cuspidata. These are good companion grasses for upland dry sites.

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Native prairie dropseed

Beautiful flowers with yellow fall color on prairie dropseed in southwest Minnesota at Prairie Coteau Scientific and Natural Area. flowers - Version 2

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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 flowers but showy red color, with ‘Indian Warrior’ above right; and ‘Blackhawks’, lower right is dark upright, 5.5 feet.

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