Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem

 Originally posted 5/2019 Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem (F,D,Md,A,N) 4-5ft w x 4-8 feet h. Native warm-season perennial clump grass. Found int both short and tall grass prairies. Grayish green stems in spring, turning a copper red in fall. drought tolerant. Base of plants are often purple. In the gardne bed it tends to flop, best… Continue reading Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem

Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium scoparium 2 – 3’H x 12″ Warm season grass.  Green to blue green leaves turn red/bronze in the fall.  And is a standout during winter.  With a fibrous root system, for Colorado its best grown in clay soils.  Will tolerate light shade and is drought tolerant.  Up to 7500ft host plant… Continue reading Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Bluestem and Dropseed grasses arrive

The grasses that will make up the main fill for the prairie substrate  includes two native grasses that will provide both habitat and structure. LITTLE BLUESTEM ( Schizachyrium scoparium) DROPSEED (Sporobolus heterolepis) BIG BLUESTEM (Andropogon gerardii) These little beauties arrived 5/16/2019 The intention was to allow acclimation 2 days in shade of patio and then… Continue reading Bluestem and Dropseed grasses arrive

Foxtail Barley instead of Mexican Feather Grass

I’m looking for a shorter grass that will create movement all summer.   And nothing moves like Foxtail Barley. Imagine these shiny seed heads on a mound the sunlight hits in the late afternoon. Hordeum Jubatum is a grass used extensively at roadsides.  The reason they are not used in landscapes is their great ability to… Continue reading Foxtail Barley instead of Mexican Feather Grass