Category Archives: Grasses

Spring Planting

We got a bunch of new native plants from Merv Wallace at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery yesterday. Neil and Matt are going to plant these wildflowers and grasses around the PGT Center and along the sidewalks. We’ve been getting plants from … Continue reading

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Indian Grass

The grasses in the prairie are especially showy right now. With all the rain we’ve had this year they seem taller than normal. The problem is that they flop into the walking paths. If you are walking early in the … Continue reading

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Fall Color Early

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) Even though it is not Fall yet, the grasses in the prairie are starting to show some good Fall color. This morning I walked the 43-acre Prairie at the PGT to check on the Big Bluestem. … Continue reading

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PGT Grasses & Sedges Walk Canceled

Indian Grass, (Sorghastrum nutans) The Grasses & Sedges Walk scheduled for Saturday August 18th has been canceled. The severe drought isn’t giving us much to look at. Normally mid-August is when the prairie grasses are at their best. However, with … Continue reading

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Beak Grass

Beak Grass, (Diarrhena obovata) Beak Grass should be used more in native gardens. It is an attractive native grass that is well behaved and has a very attractive shape. In the picture above you can see a big patch along … Continue reading

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Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem, (Schizachyrium scoparium) I love Little Bluestem; it is one of my favorite native grasses. This time of year it is magical if you catch it with the sun behind it. Unlike Indian Grass it does not get out-of-hand. … Continue reading

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Indian Grass – Yes or No?

Indian Grass, (Sorghastrum nutans) When we started converting our old pastures back into stands of native warm season grass a couple decades ago we picked the two dominant grasses: Big Bluestem and Indian Grass. What we have learned is that … Continue reading

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Fall Prairie Color

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) Fall color is not just trees and shrubs; the grasses can also be wonderful. Here you can see some of the tall grasses in the Dogleg Prairie just south of the … Continue reading

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Pond Sedge

Pond Sedge at West Lake Sedges have a simplicity of line that I find very attractive. We have many different kinds of sedges here but I have not learned to identify them yet. I’m hoping a new book will help: … Continue reading

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Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) Many of the grasses are blooming now. Here is a picture of Big Bluestem in the Dogleg prairie. To get this picture I kneeled down to shoot up against the sunset sky.

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